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Raphael Varane Admits La Liga is Not at the “Same Tempo” as Premier League

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31 Aug 2021
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Raphael Varane points out the different styles of play in the La Liga and the Premier League saying the tempo is not the same

Manchester United has been busy in the transfer window bringing in electrifying young winger Jadon Sancho, added a much-needed center-back-Raphael Varane, and topped it off by signing a club legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.

While Sancho and Ronaldo are quality signings, United’s backline massively struggled against some of the biggest European clubs.

Unable to handle the intense pressure, the Red Devils searched the market for a top center-back and there he was, Raphael Varane.

Fresh off a decent season with Real Madrid, the French man was desperate for a change in scenery. United swept in and brought the four-time Champions League winner.

The 28-year-old recently made his debut in a Manchester United jersey. Paired up alongside Harry Maguire, Varane and United saw a barrage of attacks coming from a new-look Wolves side.

But the Frenchman handled all the pressure with ease. The Frenchman not only passed the ball accurately with 88% passing accuracy, he also created 2 chances and gave the assist to Mason Greenwood’s incredible winner.

After the debut win, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a chat with his new signing. The Norwegian manager asked the star defender whether the tempo in La Liga and the Premier League were the same or not. Varane had a simple answer to the same, ‘No’.

This certainly speaks volumes in the different styles of play both the league have. While the Premier League is more dominated by pressing, La Liga is much more dependent on passing and possession.

Given the high-pressure and intense situations, upsets are pretty frequent in Premier League. But the same cannot be said about La Liga. With relegation-threatened clubs take a counter-attack approach, enabling the dominant team to dominate possession.

The French defender certainly had a good debut but will take some time to adjust to life in PL.


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