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Luka Modric confident heading into Manchester City vs Real Madrid: “It’s our tournament”



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Speaking ahead of the all-important UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg clash against Manchester City, Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said that he is in perfect physical condition at the moment and thanks to some advice given to him by his friends, he returned to action sooner than everyone anticipated.

The veteran midfielder spoke on several aspects of the game, including Madrid’s approach in the competition, his take on the younger generation as well as what it is like to play for Real Madrid in the competition.

“The sensations are very good. We have to enjoy this game to the fullest. What we are achieving is something big and we have to enjoy this moment,” the midfielder told the press.

“It’s just that we have played these games many times. And I see in my mates… tranquillity. Playing the final would be impressive.”

He added that everyone at Real Madrid takes the UEFA Champions League as ‘our competition’. Since they have been in his position before, they are feeling quite comfortable at the moment.

“It’s a huge game… and we feel comfortable. We like the Champions League, because it’s our tournament. The feeling is of comfort and that is why we have won so many times. Because self-confidence is enormous. What we believe in is our quality. We will give 100%,” he added.

Modric has won five UEFA Champions League and three La Liga titles with Real Madrid and when asked about his legacy, he said,

“I think that all these titles that we have won already speak a lot about us. But we also leave the legacy of effort, of behaviour on a day-to-day basis. But I think that what we do in difficult situations is very important. Our titles are very important and it makes us proud and the way we have done it, too,” he explained.

If Madrid beat City, Modric will play his sixth UEFA Champions League final in ten years and the midfielder says that this is highly motivating.

“I remember Zidane’s video talking about dynasty. We have in mind playing the sixth final, but the main motivation is to play this game with the Real Madrid shirt. We’re going to give everything and during the match, we are sure to give even more than we think. We are close to achieving something historic.”

The veteran midfielder was also asked about Eduardo Camavinga and he went on to say that he is really happy with the progress the young Frenchman has made.

“I think that Camavinga is fine and that he is going to train. Regarding his position, he has grown a lot and this year he has shown that he can also do very well on the left side. Even if he doesn’t like to play there, he is a boy that does well no matter where you put him. 

“His football, his personality on the pitch is very important to us. I’m happy for him because he’s a top kid.”

Adding further, the veteran midfielder said that the older generation at Real Madrid is getting along perfectly with the younger generation, and if they fight together, the team can achieve its goal.

“They already demonstrated last season that they can solve games with their football and daring nature. But I always say that the most important thing is the team. If we are together and we fight for each other; then one day one will shine. If we are together and we fight for each other; then one day one will shine. 

“One day Vini will stand out, one day Karim and one day Fede. The most important thing is to fight for our teammates, to maintain this atmosphere that we have in the locker room. The unity we have between the youngsters and us, the older ones (laughs) is very important.”

Upon asking what kind of difference he feels between players of his age and the younger generation, he added,

“I don’t know, honestly. There have always been young stars and there are young players who keep coming. There is no difference. In these times, maybe they pay more attention to social networks, which before there weren’t so many. Times change.”

Speaking about his physical health, he said: “My physical condition and my health are very important to me and when I was injured I wanted to do everything possible to play these games. I still remember 2015, when I was injured before the games against Atletico and Juve. 

“I didn’t want this to happen again. I tried to do something different on the advice of some friends and I came back sooner than I thought. The important thing is that I feel good. I wanted to be there and here I am.”

Lastly, Modric gave his option about the performance in the first leg, saying that everybody knew the game would not be decided in that round.

“We knew that this tie was not going to be decided in the first leg. We didn’t start well, but then we had our moment… We are in good shape and I think we are 50-50. Small details will decide it because we are two great teams with top players,” he concluded.

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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