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Zidane confirms Varane will not be available

Ramos and Pepe will start in the center of Real Madrid's defensive line.

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As expected, Raphaël Varane will not be able to feature in the 2016 Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. The Frenchman picked up a muscle injury during training this week and coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed that he will be out at least a few more weeks.

"What I can confirm is that he will not be ready to go this Saturday, and I don't think he will be ready in two or three weeks. It's not as big as we thought and he will will travel and watch the game with us, but he will not be able to feature, I hope he can play for France in the Euro," said Zidane.

Real's coach heard Pepe's message and also said that the Final will be a 50-50 game.

"The Final will be a 50-50 game until the final whistle and we want to be in good form when the match kicks off, that's our goal right now and we would only fail if we cannot give our very best," he added.

He also shared some thoughts about Madrid's style for the game.

"Not only it will be important to have the ball, it will be a tough game against a team that knows how to defend but also how to attack," explained Zidane.

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