Vincent Kompany praises Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

Real Madrid player Raphael Varane during his team's match with Ajax on September 27, 2011
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has described Real Madrid's Raphael Varane as a "great defender" following tonight's El Clasico.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has lauded Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane after tonight's El Clasico in the Copa del Rey.

Madrid eased past their age-old rivals 4-2 on aggregate in the semi-final thanks to a 3-1 win in the Camp Nou that also ended Barcelona's 22-match unbeaten stretch at home.

Frenchman Varane, who joined Los Blancos from Lens in summer 2011 and is still just 19 years old, scored the third tonight after Cristiano Ronaldo's opening brace.

"In my opinion, Varane showed again today what a great defender he is. Well done to him," tweeted Kompany, 26.

Madrid will go on to face either Atletico Madrid or Sevilla in the final. The former lead 2-1 after the first leg and are favourites to progress and set up a Madrid derby final.

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TeamPGDPTS
1Atletico Madrid385190
2Barcelona386787
3Real Madrid386687
4Athletic Bilbao382770
5Sevilla381763
6Villarreal381659
7Real Sociedad38759
8Valencia38-249
9Celta Vigo38-549
10Levante38-848
11Malaga38-745
12Rayo Vallecano38-3443
13Espanyol38-942
14Getafe38-1942
15Granada38-2541
16Elche38-2040
17Almeria38-2840
18Cordoba000
19Deportivo La Coruna000
20Eibar000