Raphael Varane has claimed that winning matches is far more important to Real Madrid than playing well, after they held on for a 1-0 victory in their Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Leganes.
Los Blancos have come under significant pressure this season with their failure to keep pace with Barcelona, currently sitting in fourth and 19 points adrift of the La Liga leaders.
But, as per Marca, the French centre-back believes the players are happy to play badly, as long as it ends in victory, with wins much needed at the moment.
Better to win ugly than lose
“We played worse than the other day but we won,” Varane told reporters, after Marco Asensio’s late winner gave Real Madrid an advantage heading into their home leg next week.
“We need a winning streak. This season we aren’t playing worse but things aren’t going so well, and we enjoy it less when we don’t win.”
Real Madrid have endured one of their worst starts to a season in recent memory, with four defeats already to their name in La Liga, including a 1-0 loss to Villarreal last weekend.
This has tied in with Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to find the back of the net on a regular basis, scoring just four times in the league so far this season, compared to 108 in the past three years.
Defensively, Real Madrid could improve, conceding 17 goals in La Liga, with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona both yet to enter double figures.
Sweating over Vallejo injury
While Varane and Sergio Ramos have been the usual central defensive pairing, backup option Jesus Vallejo was given only his seventh start of the campaign against Leganes.
But he was forced off early on, with Varane adding that it is muscular injury and they will have to wait for the results from the medical exams.
Although he has rarely featured this season, Vallejo will be needed later in the season, as Real Madrid will need to pick up some silverware either from the Champions League or Copa del Rey, with Barca running away with the La Liga title.