Varane refuses to throw towel in
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane says the defending champions can not give up on the Primera Liga title despite Tuesday's loss at Espanyol.
Los Blancos missed the chance to trim Barcelona's sizeable lead at the top of the table as they went down to a shock 1-0 defeat to Espanyol, who came in to the game having failed to win any of their seven previous matches.
Gerard Moreno's stoppage-time winner for the home side condemned Real to a fifth league defeat of the season and they are now 150/1 to retain their league title as they sit 14 points behind Barca, who have played a game less.
Head coach Zinedine Zidane said after the game that he did not feel his players deserved to lose to Espanyol, claiming he "feels sorry" for them.
Varane says there is no time to be down in the dumps over the loss though, claiming they need to get back to winning ways when they face Getafe on Sunday.
"We performed better in the first half than we did in the second," the France international said. "We always have to give our best when we pull this shirt on.
"We can't give up on La Liga; we have to show the same drive. We're not looking at the points, we have to focus on the games and try to win them because that's what this badge demands of us. You can never write us off."
Real's best chance of silverware now looks like being the Champions League, where they head in to the second leg of their last-16 tie against Paris-Saint Germain with a 3-1 advantage from the meeting at the Bernabeu.
PSG's hopes of overturning that deficit took a blow this week when they lost Neymar to injury but Varane is still expecting the French giants to throw everything at Los Blancos in the fight for a quarter-final berth.
"We always want to win and this won't have any effect on the PSG game. Regardless of whether Neymar plays or not, it'll be tough because they'll come out all guns blazing. We're ready for it and will continue with our preparations," he added.
Real are 1/3 to qualify for the last-eight, while PSG are 5/2.
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