Real Madrid came out with all three points against Barcelona with a dominant 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo found their names on the scoresheet while Barcelona’s only solace came through Ferran Torres.
Luka Modric started the game and played 78 minutes, creating one big chance and completing 97% of his attempted passes. The midfielder spoke to the media after his team’s dominant performance on their home ground.
The veteran first spoke about the side’s performance on the big night and did not hold back in praising his teammates and the fans at the Bernabeu.
“We are happy with the win and the performance. We are really pleased. We have to thank the fans too.”
The Croatian is the only player in the current Real Madrid side to have won the prestigious Ballon d’Or. That could change tomorrow as Karim Benzema is expected to win the award for the first time in his career. Modric spoke about the Frenchman’s accomplishment.
“The Ballon D’Or? We all know what is going to happen with Karim tomorrow and we all want it to happen because he deserves it. I’m happy for him.”
The 37-year-old then elaborated on what set his team apart in El Clasico and helped them secure all three points over Barcelona.
“We did everything we have to do in a Clasico. We fought and won. We played a completed game. We supported each other. This is the key.”
Real Madrid’s opening goal was a thing of beauty. The move began with Toni Kroos slicing through Barcelona’s defence with a slick pass to Vinicius Jr to set up the goal. Modric was all praise for his teammate’s pass.
“I told Kroos that was his goal. His pass to Vini was spectacular. Toni played a perfect game.”
He then elaborated on the German international’s prowess in the middle of the park. Speaking about Kroos, he said,
“Toni Kroos? He’s amazing. His game has been perfect. What to say about Toni (laughs) I know what he’s capable of.”
Source: Real Madrid twitter
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.