Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored a late winner to ensure they got to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in the game against Sporting CP on Tuesday.
A draw would have been enough to ensure Zinedine Zidane’s men qualified alongside Borussia Dortmund but a victory meant Madrid continued their fine form.
Real Madrid humbled city rival Atletico Madrid 3-0 at Vicente Calderon last week in the La Liga to go four points clear in the league, and Zidane would be happy with the result recorded in Portugal. Zidane made just one change to the team that defeated Atletico in Sergio Ramos coming back to centre of defence.
The game was a special one for Cristiano Ronaldo as he was returning to his old club. The Portugal international used to play for Sporting before he moved to England to play for Manchester United. Ahead of the game, the pre-match talk was all about him, particularly after he scored a hat trick in the game against Atletico. Continue with reading
Real Madrid along with Barcelona and Athletic Madrid are currently located in the top spots of the Spanish League, this is something that is not surprising as those 3 clubs have traditionally been the leaders of Spain as the ones that are considered as the best teams of that league.
Even though Real Madrid is competing for the top spot of La Liga, they have recently been hit with a number of injuries with a few key players sustaining injuries that have and will be keeping them out of the playing grounds for some time.
Marcelo, Casemiro, James Rodriguez, Fabio Coentrao and Luka Modric are all of the more recognized and influential players in Real Madrid that have recently picked up injuries.
Luka Modric underwent a knee surgery in early October and he is expected to stay out of the field for around 1 month which is a huge blow for ZinedineZidane as the Frenchman has been utilizing the services of Modric as one of his main players in the midfield along with Toni Kroos and they both played a huge role in the UEFA Champions League success of the previous season.
When the operation was successfully completed, Luka Modric gave an update to his fans and his teammates giving details about how everything went through as he wrote on his instagram account: Continue with reading
When people talk about Real Madrid, the names that usually come along are: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or KarimBenzema.
Those are the players that always get the headlines and the center stage of the media as they are the ones that score most goals and are constantly sparking life with dribbling moves as well as flashy movements which are generally used to get past the opposing defenders.
In the world of football, the offensive players are the ones that receive more praise and recognition as they mark on the score-sheet on a more consistent basis than in comparison to any other performers in the rest of the squad.
Luka Modric is not a name that pops up as much as some of his teammates but nonetheless, the influence that the Croatian has in Real Madrid is huge as he is a player that is consistently providing passes to every single one of his partners located in the pitch.
If control is needed in the midfield, Modric is there to provide it. If speed is needed then the Croatian can do it as well, the former Tottenham Hotspur player is a complete midfielder who can inject anything that is needed for his team during a match. Continue with reading
In the match that Croatia had against Portugal in Euro 2016 Luka Modric as well as Mario Mandzukic were hopefuls on whom the team depended upon for performing against their opponent.
Luka is considered to be one of the key players of Croatia and he as well as Mario trained well for the game in round 16 when they were up against Portugal. However, the reason that the players had to focus on their training was because both players were recovering from injuries. The coach has stated that he had doubts whether Luka and Mario were in shape to play the game for the entire 90 minutes. He had stated this a day before the match. He stated that both players appeared to be in good shape. Luka and Mario had been injured during the game that Croatia played against Czech Republic which had ended with a draw of 2-2
Modric had suffered muscle injuries that were the playmaker in the game. He was unable to play the match in the final group stage, which resulted in a win against Spain. The return of the two players was crucial for the match against Portugal. It was a point when the country was looking at progressing up the ranks in the tournament. It also brought back memories of the team’s performance in the tournament in 2008 and 1996 when the country was able to move to the quarter finals. Continue with reading
Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder has said that Real Madrid deserved to win the Champions League trophy.
He said that the Champions League trophy belonged to Real Madrid, and it is natural for them to win it.
He admitted that the game against Atletico Madrid was not easy and that they had to dig deep in order to win the match. He said that the humidity in the air did not help and that they had to give everything they can in order to get the result. For him, it was a good team effort and their fighting ability that helped them win the game.
He said that the Champions League is only a trophy that big clubs win and that Real Madrid is currently the best team in the world, and they deserved to win the trophy. Indeed, this was the 11th Champions League by Real as they managed to beat Atletico Madrid on penalties.
The match was quite a tight one with both teams not wanting to commit any mistakes during the game. It was Real Madrid who opened the score in the first half with a goal from Sergio Ramos. From then on, Real Madrid tried to control the game and restricted Atletico to some few chances that did not cause any harm. Continue with reading
Luka Modric, who is a Croatian footballer, plays as a central midfielder for Spanish club and also known for his defensive and attacking midfielder skills.
The La Liga match that was held midweek kept entertaining the viewers with a lot of drama, but there were brilliant goals achieved. The Real Madrid played against Villarreal on 20th
April and achieved victory by 3-0 and it was the Croatian footballer who played brilliantly to win. The player did all he could to gain control over a high ball during the match against Villarreal. Luka Modric and his team members Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema put their skills and efforts for victory of Real Madrid
Real Madrid is all set to play their next match against the Manchester City. The former goal keeper of Real Madrid recently revealed some of the best players from the team he would have chosen if he had been given that option. Iker Casillas chose Illgner as the goalkeeper as this player has offered great help during his initial years. He also said that Illgner was one of the significant players of the 7th European Cup victory team. Salgado was picked as the defender as he has the ability of getting up and down brilliantly and is a strong defensive player as well. In addition, Roberto Carlos was chosen as the defender. Continue with reading
Leeds United are set to manager Steve Evans over poor and inconsistent form throughout the 2015-16 season.
Owner Massimo Cellino did not openly admit that the change was going to happen, but he provided subtle hints that the club will be undergoing a managerial change once again in the summer. It was only recently that the club’s hopes of finishing in the play-off places was reinvigorated following a three match winning run. This came to an end after a 4-1 Huddersfield Town before the international break. The result left the club 13th in the table.
However, it will come as a surprise to know that the club are considering a managerial change in less than 12 months. Evans came to the club in October 2015. The Scotland boss claims that he does not feel that he has done a bad job at Elland Road. The club has suffered seven defeats in the league since October, which is a greater percentage than under previous management. Throughout the whole campaign, the club has lost 12 matches. The biggest problem for the club has been scoring goals, as they have managed exactly 1 goal per game. Continue with reading
Luka Modric is the latest midfielder to come out in support of manager Zinedine Zidane, who has been appointed as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard lasted less than seven months in charge of the job, which is deemed as one of the most political in the world. Right from the start, Benitez did not seem to have the confidence and faith of the entire squad. Apart from a couple of players like Gareth Bale, the former Liverpool manager struggled to command respect. This meant that he was going to be out of the job at the slightest disappointment in results.
It did not take long for the disappointments to arrive. He was quickly out of the job only to be replaced by Zidane, who has been groomed for this role even when Carlo Ancelotti was the boss. The Real Madrid legend may have walked into a job with little managerial experience, but he appears to have the respect of the entire team without any doubt. Zidane started his managerial career with a 5-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna. The opposition may have been winless in the last three matches, but it was a crucial win for the team. Modric was one of the starters in the match and he expressed his full support for the new boss. Continue with reading
Javier Mascherano saw his Argentina national team suffer more disappointment in the final of a major tournament.
After going into the Copa America 2015 as the favourites to lift the title, Argentina suffered a disappointment in the final hurdle after losing on penalties to Chile. This was the second consecutive disappointment faced by the national team after having lost to Germany in the final of the World Cup just 12 months ago. Mascherano is used to winning trophies on a consistent basis at Barcelona. Hence, to be the runners up in successive major tournaments is hard to take for the defender.
Lionel Messi has never won a major title with Argentina apart from the Olympics medal. Prior to the final against Chile, Messi was speaking about the importance of not being known as the nearly team. Argentina have not won a major title for almost 25 years. Their barren run in the World Cup stretches beyond this period. Despite the presence of big names like Sergio Aguero and Messi, Argentina were unable to break the deadlock in the game finished as a 0-0 draw. Argentina then went on to score only one of the penalties while Chile had four successful attempts. Continue with reading