Real Modric. Last night, the Croatian midfielder delivered a fine performance against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg. Despite the defeat of the Merengues (2-3, 3-1 winners in the first leg, editor’s note), the 36-year-old footballer was one of the great men of this meeting where he sometimes suffered in the image of his team. . But the 2018 Ballon d’Or, valuable both defensively and offensively, was above all able to prove decisive at a key moment.
A passing love
While Real Madrid were down 3-0 and potentially eliminated, Modric drew a love pass from the outside of the right foot on the goal of Rodrygo, who had just come into play (1-3, 80th). A millimeter stroke of genius which revived the Merengues, who finally qualified, and which aroused many reactions as the gesture was beautiful. After the meeting, Iker Casillas got fired up on Twitter. *“On the 1-3, Luka Modric has the opportunity to move towards Vinicius Jr. It was the most logical pass and the one that enters the opposing box. He puts on the outside even in a year (of work) we wouldn’t be able to do the same, and gives a pass to Rodrygo who is a bitch crazy pass. Amazing! Genius”. Also under the spell, Alessandro Del Piero, on the set of Sky Italiacongratulated the merengue maestro. “I said to him: ‘Enjoy my friend, you did everything on your own!’said the Italian.
In England, Thierry Henry said on the set of CBS Sports : “This guy is 50 years old. But how can he still do that? This is exceptional”. Present at his side, Jamie Carragher confided: “If I have to bring out the moment that marked me the most in this double confrontation, it is this outside of the magic foot. This pass simply changed the game. One of the most beautiful I have ever seen! He is famous for this gesture but it has the same effect on me every time. It was absolutely perfect and just beautiful to look at”. On BT SportsRio Ferdinand commented: “That assist from Modric is the reason why I lost my voice today. It is simply illegal to do this! I shouted ‘Luka’, ‘Muka’. But whatever his name, this player is phenomenal..
The press kneels
Elected MVP of the match by UEFA and man of the match by the FM editorial staff who gave him a score of 7.5, Modric was also praised by the press. “With Modric on the pitch, nothing is impossible. A statue already!“, title brand this Wednesday. The Spanish daily then added an equally rave comment.
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“In its element, that of parties and large evenings. The first half was about how to defend rather than create. (…) Absolute genius on the pass which brings the goal to Rodrygo! He’s been everywhere. When Modric is there, nothing is impossible.. AS was also dazzled by him. “He doesn’t look human. His assist with the outside for Rodrygo’s goal was the adrenaline a Madrid on the verge of kneeling needed. The way he also masters the pass is something he will have to explain one day, because science has not yet figured it out..
Worst transfer to MVP in ten years
In its own way, the Catalan press also hailed it. Sport wrote : “He looked like a headless chicken, running up and down without much sense. Too many punishments for a footballer of his stature, a unique talent. He never gave the feeling of feeling comfortable, but fortune always smiles in Madrid and his contribution was this assist, which allowed an extra time that should not have existed..
Author of a golden pass, the Madrid player, 9 assists on the counter this season, was on cloud nine after the meeting. “An amazing new evening. It’s a very sweet defeat. (…) It is a huge pride to hear the public shouting my name, I thank them for their support and affection since my first day here”. And yet, his debut in the Spanish capital did not really convince since the former Tottenham player was voted worst transfer of the year ten years ago in 2012. An anecdote that must make Real Madrid smile, where he collects titles and therefore a new MVP trophy after his match against Chelsea.