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Varane: Real Madrid can't give up on LaLiga

Real Madrid lost for the fifth time in LaLiga this season against Espanyol, but Raphael Varane wants them to keep fighting.

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Varane: Real Madrid can't give up on LaLiga

Raphael Varane says Real Madrid must not give up on their LaLiga campaign despite a damaging defeat to Espanyol on Tuesday.

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Gerard Moreno's stoppage-time strike inflicted a fifth league defeat of the season on the reigning champions, leaving them 14 points behind leaders Barcelona, having played a game more.

The Champions League represents Madrid's best chance to end the campaign with another trophy, with the holders taking a 3-1 first-leg lead to France on March 6 in their last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

But Varane insists they must keep pushing for better results in the top flight, even though their title defence appears to be at an end.

"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.