The fact that Luka Modrić and Real Madrid did not lose to Manchester City by 3+ goals should be considered a miracle in itself. City were the better team from start to finish and came out of the gate hot, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes of the match to show who was boss. However, the English Premiership leaders never put the game away (and they could have on multiple occasions) giving Real Madrid hope. Both defenses looked utterly pathetic on the day – especially Real Madrid – which is how we got to a 7-goal Champions League semifinal. Real Madrid are 100% still in it and should consider tonight’s 1-goal loss a huge moral victory.
Modrić had one of his most average games of the season in midfield as RM never got into a proper flow offensively. He received a 6/10 from ManagingMadrid as he was “Quiet in the first half was overrun like most of the team, but found his footing in the second including a lovely nutmeg on Bernardo Silva followed by a through ball to Benzema.”
All is still to play for next Wednesday in Madrid.
Luka Modrić was legendary against PSG in the Round of 16. Luka Modrić was legendary versus Chelsea in the quarterfinals. Now, Luka Modrić will once again have to be legendary against Manchester City – arguably the best club team in the world – if he wants to play in his fifth Champions League Final.
Tuesday night in Manchester, City and Real Madrid will lock horns at 3PM (ET) in the 1st leg of the Champions League semifinals. City are on track to secure another Premiership crown, however, it’s the CL trophy they really want. Benzema and Modrić – both in their mid-3os – have put Real Madrid on their backs this European campaign. Modrić is already 4/4 in Champions League finals since coming over from Tottenham a decade ago and would cap off an already MONSTER season if he could do it again.
Manchester City are -200 in Vegas to win this game.