Madrid derby ends in a draw, but Varane catches the eye
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final – yet it was the performance of defender Raphael Varane that caught the eye of many on social media.
While Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo may have drawn a blank at the Vicente Calderon stadium, team-mate Varane was the hero of the hour for many with his polished performance in the heart of the Real Madrid defence.
This vine was running on a host of Twitter accounts from last night’s game, with Varane’s pace and power blowing Atletico Madrid away as he surged forward.
Oozing with pace and power, Manchester United fans on Twitter were quick to suggest that if their club sells goalkeeper David De Gea to Real Madrid this summer, Varane is the player they should target as part of the deal, while Chelsea fans also suggested he could be the man to replace John Terry when the Blues skipper hangs up his boots,
Varane only played because of an injury to Pepe and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was impressed with his contribution: "Pepe didn't play because he was not well. Varane gives me a lot of confidence, he had a great game."
Ancelotti was not alone in praising Varane, with plenty suggesting his pace and power means he is on course to become one of the world's best defenders.
No goals tonight for Atletico & Real but it was an education for defenders at every level just to see the performances of Godin & Varane.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 14, 2015
Raphael Varane's 40 metre sprint time is 1.3 seconds. Faster than Bellerin & Bolt. True story— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) April 14, 2015
Varane is so, so quick. Anyone got his 100m time to hand?— AS English (@English_AS) April 14, 2015
Varane - looks about right. pic.twitter.com/5cL3Ysk2oc— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) April 14, 2015
The centre-back - who is not a regular in the Real Madrid side - has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent months, with this performance in such a high profile game certain to raise his profile to fresh levels.
In the night's other Champions League quarter-final, Juventus beat Monaco 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Arturo Vidal.