Real Madrid ace Luka Modric’s influence on the game at 38 years of age is incredible to witness. His longevity at the highest level is a marvel of nature.
The veteran has not had a big part to play in Real Madrid’s season thus far. When given the chance, however, he has not disappointed and his latest display against Cadiz is the best example.
In 90 minutes on the night, Modric provided one assist, and three key passes, and completed two successful dribbles.
In a recent interview, Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic spoke about Luka Modric’s influence on the national team, his legacy for both club and country, and the veteran’s future at the international level.
“Modric is without a doubt one of the greatest players today. His contribution to any team and his leadership are invaluable,” he said about the Real Madrid star’s influence on the field despite his ripe age.
Livakovic went on to elaborate that the Croatian captain was his own master and extended his support to whatever decision he would take over his future.
“Luka makes decisions about his career and its continuation. Whatever he decides, we support him, the legacy he leaves.”
Finally, the goalkeeper spoke on the legacy Modric would leave behind the day he hangs his boots, saying,
“In the national team, and even in world football, he will have an indelible mark, but the way he played in the last two matches, I do not think he will leave soon.”
An untimely injury
Eduardo Camavinga’s injury while on duty with France took away Carlo Ancelotti’s most prized possession in the middle of the field. With Arda Guler and Aurelien Tchouameni already unavailable, the manager was constrained by resources.
The time thus looked apt for Modric to step into a bigger role in the team. Unfortunately, however, the veteran left the field injured in Real Madrid’s clash against Cadiz and has been ruled out for tonight’s blockbuster game against Napoli.
Los Blancos will hope that the veteran recovers at the earliest, for the upcoming match days in La Liga could well be decisive. Meanwhile, word has it that Dani Ceballos could start for the men in white later today.
Source: HR Sport
Ancelotti apologised to Real Madrid youngster after substitution incident vs Sevilla – report
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has apologised to youngster Arda Guler after last night’s substitution incident against Sevilla.
When Real Madrid played host to Sevilla, Los Blancos were desperately trying to find a breakthrough and amidst that, Ancelotti decided to introduce Guler, but his decision quickly changed soon after Luka Modric scored.
The 19-year-old wonderkid was close to come onto the pitch and was receiving instructions from the coaches, before being asked to sit back on the bench.
Why was Guler sent back?
Just as the former Fenerbahce midfielder was gearing up to enter the field, Modric scored from the edge of the area to put Real Madrid in lead.
In response, the manager called an impromptu discussion with one of his assistants, conveying a sense of calm through various gestures, signalling a decision to delay the planned substitutions.
Having overcome the challenge of breaking through Sevilla’s defence, the coach opted to bring in a player with the ability to control the possession and provide some solidity on the field.
Eventually, Dani Ceballos was called into action and Guler was ordered to go back to the bench. Explaining his decision after the game, Ancelotti explained that before Modric’s goal, he had some plans for Guler but all that changed after his side went a goal up.
“I had a thought before the goal and I changed my mind after the goal and I preferred to bring on a more defensive player such as Ceballos. I think he understands it very well and if he doesn’t, that’s fine,” said the manager.
Guler’s presence on the field has been extremely limited this season, with only five appearances, one of which was as a starter in the Copa del Rey match against Arandina.
His involvement in league matches has been brief, featuring in the final stages against Las Palmas, Girona and Rayo which is why he has had minimal opportunities to showcase his talents.