The streak is still alive!
Luka Modrić has made it back to the promised land for his fifth Champions League Final in 10 years with Real Madrid. It means there has been a Croatian who has taken part in the Champions League Final for 11 straight seasons (Lovren remained on the bench for Liverpool in the 2019 Final versus Tottenham). If Modrić and Real Madrid win in Paris against Liverpool on May 28th, it would make it an astounding 10 straight years that a Croatian international has lifted the Champions League trophy. That is absolutely insane to think about!
This Real Madrid team have played absolutely out of their minds with their backs to the wall in all three knockout round 2nd legs this season. And this is against arguabley three of the top five club teams on planet Earth: PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City.
Real Madrid were down 2-0 (agg.) to PSG in the Round of 16 before Benzema scored a hat trick with 29 minutes remaining to put Los Blancos through to the quarters and crush Parisian dreams. That’s the game where Modrić megged the defender in the box to play Benzema for the equalizing goal.
In the 2nd leg quarterfinals, Chelsea came back with three unanswered goals to go up 4-3 (on aggregate) with only 10 minutes in the match. That’s when Modrić laid out a “Assist of the Season” candidate with the outside of his foot, playing Rodrygo in front of goal for the volley to force extra time. Benzema would seal it to book a date with Man City.
Wednesday night at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid did it once again. Down 5-3 on aggregate in the 90th minute, Rodrygo would score twice within 90 seconds of each other to force extra time. Benzema would convert a penalty kick. And Real Madrid are once again in the Champions League Final. Modrić was subbed out for Camavinga in the 75′ and missed the scoring spree on the field.
Although Modrić didn’t make the scoresheet this game, he (alongside the other Madrid players) came out hot and ready to battle. He received a 7.5 grade from TheRealChamps.com as “It was a surprise to see Luka Modrić taken out early, along with the rest of KCM, but he was also fantastic. Just like in the first leg, Modrić was unplayable at times, blowing by defenders and pulling the strings in midfield for Los Blancos. Modrić is still one of the absolute best midfielders in the world, and this performance was another example of that. In the first half, he was a big reason why Real were outplaying City and creating more chances.”
Because Modric didn’t fall to ground grasping his face as if acid had been splashed on it, that guy from Manchester City did not get a red card. Good for Modric for not debasing himself the way so many of those idiot-tattooed, over-spitting, low class crying children usually do.
King modric still reigns
Long live the king
Modric CAM and Valverde RW, smh. Who would have thought that subbing in rodrygo, an actual winger, would provide more width in attack and give you more scoring chances. Remember orsic against spain. I pray dalic doesn’t play modric in a more attacking role just to accommodate kovacic in the lineup. We need more goals not more possession. Brozo and modric in the center are more than enough centrally.
Majer is having a great season, but kramaric has been having great seasons for the past 5 years in an even better league. keep in mind french league is the league santini scored 15 in. As of right now, kramaric and budimir uptop is fine, after 50 mins we sub out kramaric and put in majer, then pasalic for budimir. and maybe in the future we see majer attacking mid and Musa striker.
Majer has good reactions and can pick out some nice passes, but hes not that fast. Need an actual winger who can make runs sprint past defenders and whip in a cross.
I am curious to see what will happen in the nation’s league (our true test), honestly, I am bit worried about the front and back line to an extent (and by back line I mostly mean Livakovic)plus we have a bunch of younger players. Albeit that the younger players are promising and are playing well. Sosa has to transfer to a better club in my opinion (hopefully Chelsea picks him up) and I don’t think he should stay in Stuttgart much longer it is not helping him progress.
I think Dalic has his work cut out for him, pushing for a 2-5-3 may or may not work depending on the lineup and the team we play. I think how well we do depends on how well Modric, Perisic, Brozovic, and Kovacic all play in the upcoming tournaments for us. Personally I think that they are key right now to the team, before everyone else.
I do like Gvardiol, Majer, and a few others from the younger generation but I believe Dalic needs to incorporate them better than he has in the past couple of games or we will have issues. It seems like some of the back line players can play the 3 system and others can’t, our goalie certainly cannot if his life depended on it which is the main problem for.that kind of a system. On-top of that, other great players like Sosa are sitting out as a result. I don’t know how much we stand to gain from this set up he is trying, but maybe it can work we will see.
It will be interesting, I have very low expectations this time around mainly because of all the changes happening to the squad, I think if we pass the round and potentially get to the quarters that would be a good run despite that I want Croatia win.
The first step, much like Dalic is saying, is to focus on each team in the group and win those games.
Wow what a game!!!!!
I spoke too soon. Wow.
What a slimeball this Laporte is
Modric played in a forward position again that does not work for him. Too bad.
Yeah it’s not really ideal for him, still think he plays well for the most part though. I’d imagine he does more if the same against the scousers
Well…this is disappointing.
anyone have a live stream link? Hesgoal.com is down
Too bad…Kroos is starting again. I thought he was way too slow against a team like city. They will get exposed again. Now Luka will have to run a lot more to cover his errors.
Left foot hospital, right foot cemetery.
What are the chances LAknat is a child loving peder terrorizing the streets of San Pedro hiding behind his ultra religious zealot facade?
Hey folks does anyone have a link or website where you can watch the Real vs MC game? Stuck on the road and want to catch the game remotely. Thanks in advance
Australia- Stan sport
Thanks… Looking for a free website. Anyone ? Hvala
Canada can afford a world class coach but we can’t?
Hahaha! Canada’s coach, Hohn Herdman, is crapping his pants.
Make that John.
I didn’t know that Ancelotti’s wife was Canadian.
He’s talking about retirement, and saying how he’d love to coach Canada, lol.
He’s a great coach, but I’d be very weary of the Italian “retirement cash grab” move he’s trying to make.
He owns a home in Canada with his wife. He’s been talking about retirement from club coaching, and he’s likely planning on moving there.
He’s just trying to pull what Fabio Capello pulled in Russia and China. Cash out while your at the top. I doubt he could name more than one or two players on Canada’s national team.
Carlo should come coach luka for a year in Croatia
Would you really want the guy who played Modrić as a false 9 instead of actual strikers coaching the HNS? At least Dalić now knows which positions the players play (because Kramarić explained it to him)
Lol! Canada is a rich country dude.
They want to get rid of the home away draw never this is what football is villa real comeback lagani
This should be an exciting game!
Modric has been representing on the world stage with nothing but class. Let’s hope Madrid can pull this off. Would be sweet!!!
If real doesnt go through. Will be routing for liverpool cant stand pep and fake team city infidels money. So many fake fans in football
Im reading they want to make champions league go around world one game semi and then final in same week. FIFA AND UEFA dont give two shits about fans and what sad is owners and club also dont like fans all about money sad.
Far more authentic fans in WWF and nascar I agree
Unfortunately, I’m surrounded by “sudden” fans of the sport who feel like they have to pick a favourite team and it always seems to be Liverpool. Now, it’s not “I’ll cheer for them, yeah, whatever” … there is all this purporting to be a diehard and having some sort of affinity. I hate City too but at least I wouldn’t have to hear it from the plastika if they win. Hala Madrid!
Its a shame this matchup isn’t for the final. This could turn out to be one of the most exciting games in years. Real will come out to play, but who knows, it could go either way. There’s so much quality and experience on both sides, it will be a question of who wants it more. Luka wasn’t rested (fully) this past weekend, and I think this is a good thing. He wants to play more, because he plays better when he plays more often.
Please give your prayer to your lord Jesus in Manchester City…
He will bless all of you |o even Modric can’t hold a candle!
Lol ante. I think we have all mostly been patient with laknat but he’s particularly annoying now
There are some that think luka is more deserving of the balon this year but surely he won’t get it
It doesn’t matter
If someone said ten years ago we would have a Croat with this much influence and control over the game we would probably all said I believe it when I see it
Let’s hope he has another magical game and can control that midfield
Benzema is good for another two!
If Real pull off another CL title, I think Benzema will get the Balon D’or. But, he couldn’t have done it without Luka. If the World Cup counted towards this years judging, then Luka would still have a chance… after we win, of course 😉
even though Benzema was doing fasting [)uring Ramadhan,
he is not a true Muslim… I will let Jesus from Manchester City tells him  who is the best forward in the world 
I need people to get educated by knowing the fact ->
That Jesus was actually a black man, not a white man!
My comment was deleted but Laknats wasn’t?
Brozović named Serie A player of the month.