The story of Luis Enrique’s Spain side is truly inspiring. The manager came under severe criticism for omitting some of La Roja’s most in-form players from the World Cup Squad, but yet has produced the most dominant result in the first round in Qatar.
The centre of the new Spanish national team is indeed its rich mine of young talents. While the likes of Gavi and Pedri are already well in Spain through their club performances, Dani Olmo is a member of the team who has been largely out of the spotlight as he plays in the Bundesliga.
The versatile attacking midfielder was interviewed recently by AS, where he spoke about his career so far, the Spanish national team, the World Cup and several other topics.
The former Barcelona academy ace was asked about which team he liked the most after Spain. In response, Olmo named Croatia as one of his favourite teams because of Luka Modric, who is a reference for him.
“After Spain, I really like Croatia. Modric seems to me to be another level of player. How he interprets the game, his ball control…. He’s one of the players I look at now that I play as a midfielder, in more central positions. Modric is one of the references,” Olmo said.
Though the RB Leipzig star is a graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia, it is no surprise that he chose Real Madrid’s veteran star as his inspiration. After all, the Croat’s sheer quality and class supersedes all boundaries and serves as an inspiration to all fans of the sport.
Modric is currently in Qatar, leading the Croatian National Team’s campaign. His side drew their opening match against Morocco and face a tough test against Canada tomorrow.
The 37-year-old was the man of the match in his side’s curtain raiser and will look to dish out a similar performance against the North American side.
Meanwhile, Olmo scored in Spain’s 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica and is expected to start when Luis Enrique’s men take on Germany tomorrow.
Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Atletico Madrid | La Liga
As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.