Varane: Madrid must remain calm

The France international freely admits that Los Blancos are not at their best right now but says that Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao is no reason to panic

Raphael Varane says that Real Madrid must remain calm if they are to arrest their current slump in form.

Los Blancos achieved a club-record 22-game winning streak in all competitions earlier in the season but they have not looked like the same since their run came to an end at Valencia immediately after the winter break.

Indeed, they are now set to be displaced at the top of La Liga by Barcelona after being held at home by Villarreal last weekend before then losing 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Madrid are not playing well and have obvious problems in attack, while Isco says the players are lacking “freshness”. 

Varane is unsure of what is going wrong but he is adamant that their defeat at San Mames is hardly a reason to panic, particularly with their March 22 trip to Camp Nou looming large on the horizon.

“The game was decided in the finer details, not finding the decisive pass and other things, and that can be costly,” the defender told reporters.

“We are aware of the need to improve. We’re not at our best and we must solve it calmly. 

“We just need to be focused on the games that are coming up.

“We know that the Clasico will be a very important match and we will prepare for it well with matches against Schalke [on Tuesday] and Levante [on Sunday].”

Madrid still lead La Liga by two points from Barcelona but the Catalans will go top if they beat Rayo Vallecano at home on Sunday.

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