According to the latest information, a hamstring injury in Real’s loss to Girona makes Modric certain to miss the next 3 matches, against Almeria and Sociedad in La Liga, as well as Osasuna in the final of the King’s Cup. And only a miracle can help the 37-year-old midfielder recover in time in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Man City.
That means, coach Carlo Ancelotti and his associates are forced to consider the worst case: “conductor” Modric will be absent from the epic battle with Pep Guardiola’s The Citizens playing sublime. In fact, Real still has Toni Kroos, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, but no one is more selective than the Croatian star at the No. 1 European club level.
Modric is likened to the “soul” of Real in the Champions League. The value of the 37-year-old star does not lie in goals or assists, but is reflected in his ability to regulate the tempo and master the midfield, helping to raise the level of Real’s midfield, especially in matches. top game.
If only goals and assists were used to judge Modric’s role, it would be a terrible mistake. Because he doesn’t often perform moments of genius. For example, the assist trivela for Rodrygo to score shortened the score to 1-3 for Real in the quarter-finals of the second leg last year, thereby opening the upstream, the foundation of the final championship at the end of the season.
Among the midfielders that Carletto has, none possesses the ability to regulate the tempo of the game as well as Modric. He is Real’s ideal ball transfer station from the defense to the front line and escape pressing very well. Modric is also the widest, most free midfielder on the field of the Royal Spanish team.
Without Modric, in front of a high-class and sublimated midfield of Man City with Kevin De Bruyne as the leader, Real has less than one expert to switch their No. 1 status. Even at the age of 37, Modric is still capable of occupying every space to back up to defend, increase participation in attack, and at the same time take on the classic No. 10 role.
This season, Ancelotti let Modric play less in La Liga to focus on the Champions League, because the Italian military leader clearly understands the value of this player. He only started 17/28 matches in the Spanish league but was in the starting lineup for 7/8 matches with Real in Europe’s No. 1 playground.
And the fact that Modric played very well, the deeper the rock the better. The fans used to worry that this season Real would decline when Casemiro went to MU. However, all doubts were cleared when the Croatian midfielder played extremely versatile. Sometimes playing a defensive midfielder, sometimes turning into an attacking midfielder.
With the Croatian midfielder supporting right behind, the “triad” on the attack Karim Benzema – Vinicius Junior – Federico Valverde freely danced with the ball in 1/3 of the opponent’s field. And, the stats don’t lie. Modric is so important that in all 7 matches he started in the Champions League this season, Real won all. They were even unbeaten (won 7, drew 1) every time he played.
Real’s so-called Champions League DNA is largely in Modric’s talented feet. Modric’s versatility, intelligence and relentless creativity make Real’s gameplay more diverse, elusive and unpredictable.
Without the Croatian midfielder, Real Madrid will be at a disadvantage against Man City in the first leg on May 10 at the Bernabeu after nearly 2 weeks. “Losing Modric is a big blow for us. Now we can only pray for him to recover soon. It all depends on how Modric feels in the coming days,” coach Ancelotti expressed concern about his beloved pupil’s hamstring injury.