Raphael Varane: La Liga is more technical, Premier League is more counter-attacking

Ten years is enough for Raphael Varane to cross La Liga with Real Madrid. Right at the start of the 2021/2022 season, Varane decided to move to Manchester United.

The 29-year-old had difficulty adapting in his first year in the Premier League. He admits that there is a different feel to the game than he is used to playing in Spain.

The difference is not only from the team's playing style during the match, but also throughout the preparation. This is allegedly the reason it is difficult for Varane to show his best appearance, despite his physical condition which is often not fit.

In his second year at Man United, Varane began to earn praise from fans and managers alike. He started to be reliable in the main place.


Varane feels the support that flows to him is so important. The former RC Lens player feels that this support has fueled his motivation to perform even better.

The support was increasingly flowing because his duet with Lisandro Martinez at the heart of Man United's defense proved to be solid.

"I'm very happy to be here [Man United]. I feel the support from the fans which I think is very important," he said on the Europa League's official website.

Tough Competition

Varane does not deny that the Premier League is the most difficult league he has ever lived in. However, the desire to be able to win in every match has brought him to his best.

"I know the Premier League is a difficult competition. So we have to be ready every day for every game."

“This team is always ambitious because we want to win every game. Even we are thinking about winning a trophy."

Place the Difference

A year in the Premier League has given Varane a clear picture of where the difference lies with the Spanish League. In general, the Spanish League is considered more technical and the English League more counter-attacking.

"In La Liga I think the team is prepared to play attacking football and the preparation is more technical. Whereas in the Premier League it feels faster, more intense and more counter-attacking."

"Both are different footballs. But I like playing in both."

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