This is no time to let up, though, as Varane will fully appreciate. Erik ten Hag will prepare his side for a double test in the capital, starting with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. On Sunday, impressive Premier League leaders Arsenal will stand in our way.
Nobody will be getting carried away, the manager certainly wasn’t, even moments after the adrenaline-fuelled high on Saturday. Our centre-back understands the level required to win at Selhurst Park will be the same as it is for every match in this competitive league.
“Everything is possible,” he declared. “We’ll just take it game by game. It’s a long way to go and it’s very difficult.
“The intensity of every game is incredible, the physical effort. It’s like the same intensity of a big Champions (League) game every game. The rhythm is very high. The players are very well prepared physically. We know how difficult it is. But we’re solid, we’re strong. We just need to use the quality players with the ball.”