Luka Modric recently spoke loudly and clearly about Real Madrid‘s issues and the reaction to his comments has been positive.
Since his rant in the aftermath of the Real Sociedad defeat, Real Madrid have beaten Real Betis and Sevilla and have progressed past Leganes in the Copa del Rey.
“Many of us are not at our level, we have to be clear about this because it isn’t a matter of luck and we can’t go to sleep at the beginning of every game,” he said two weekends ago.
It seems that those statements have marked a before and after for this stage of the season.
The words resonated around the Real Madrid dressing room and picked at the conscience of the players and, ever since, the players have been getting better and better each time.
There have only been two games since then in which Modric has participated, as he didn’t feature in the Copa del Rey, but there have been noted improvements, both from the team and himself.
He has had 71 successful passes, 12 of them which didn’t find his intended target, four shots, three interceptions and one goal against Sevilla.
At last, The Best holder and Ballon d’Or winner has shown his best form in this campaign, a version beginning to resemble the midfielder that we have become accustomed to.
Real Madrid moved at the pace that the No.10 wanted them to, both with the ball and without it.
He dealt with the pressure well and every time his team lost the ball, when they recovered it he was the one who received it instantly and attempted to get things going.
That is also without mentioning that he was involved in both of Real Madrid‘s goals.
He was indirectly involved with the first goal because he allowed the ball to pass for Casemiro and the Brazilian found the net in stunning fashion.
The second was much more his own doing as he pressed the ball well, won it back and dispatched it into the net in injury time to make sure of the win and the continued improvement.