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La Liga captain showers praise on Luka Modric: “He’s a monster”



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Villarreal bulldozed through Real Madrid and harvested three golden points at the end of ninety tumultuous minutes at Estadio De la Ceramica last night. The Yellow Submarines not only displayed their grit but their ability to play through adversity in what was a performance for the ages.

Talking to the press after the game, Villarreal defender and Spanish Veteran Raul Albiol revealed that Luka Modric approached him after the game to congratulate him on a stunning performance despite being 37 years old.

As quoted by Radio MARCA, he then went on to praise the Croatian International and called him a ‘monster’.

“Modrić told me he sees me young but I see him younger. He comes from playing a World Cup and I’ve been on vacation for a month. He doesn’t stop, he doesn’t have vacations. He’s a monster.”

Modric, also 37 years old, continues to defy logic week after week by churning out elite performances for fun.

After guiding his international team to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup, he immediately returned to action for Los Blancos against Real Valladolid by cutting short his vacation.

Just a week later, he once again started the team’s clash at La Ceramica though he struggled against Quique Setien’s mid-block.

Modric struggled against the Yellow Submarines, completing less than 78% of his passes and recording no key passes. He succumbed to the opposition’s high press and lost the ball nine times in his 70 minutes on the field.

The veteran will face off against Albiol at the Ceramica later this month once again in the Copa del Rey. Needless to say, the player and Real Madrid will be determined to set the score even.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report



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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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