Zidane wants me to improve my attacking play – Varane

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Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur, Audi Cup Preseason Friendly Football Match, Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - 04 Aug 2015

The centre-back has revealed that the philosophy of the 1998 World Cup winner involves a relentless desire to push forward and put pressure on the opponents

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane says that new coach Zinedine Zidane wants him to improve the attacking aspects of his game.

The Frenchman took over from Rafael Benitez in the Bernabeu dugout in January and has tried to implement a more offensive style of football, and the centre-back has said it has encouraged him to think about what he is doing in possession.

“He’s explained that a defensive player must play in an attack way, too, to push the team forward,” the 22-year-old told L’Equipe Mag. “The intention has to be there from the beginning. He has made me realise that passing the opposing strikers is a move that helps defensively. You defend by removing the danger in a constructive manner. Therefore, it’s a defensive act for possession to be in the opposing half.

“Zidane has tried to get me to improve. Anticipating, reading the play, putting myself in the defensive balance, I know how to do all this. So he expects the same finesse in an attacking sense.

“If I know where I want to play before I receive the ball, it’s easier. It’s more fluid.”

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