Luka Modric owned the Camp Nou pitch



Zinedine Zidane can be particularly pleased with the performance of Luka Modric in the Clasico, with the Croat making the Camp Nou pitch his own during the 1-1 draw.

By the time the full-time whistle sounded around the stadium, there were few blades of grass that hadn’t been covered by the 31-year-old, whose recovery of eight balls was the second most in the match behind Raphael Varane.

In terms of passing, though, Modric led the way, with his 95.2 percent pass completion rate – 39 out of 41 – the best of anyone.

Not only did he manage the game well from the middle of the park, but he even had a hand in the late leveller as he assisted Sergio Ramos in a similar way to the equalising goal in the 2014 Champions League final.

His stellar showing was especially impressive given that he played in front of the defence, a role he has occupied before for Croatia, but one he has rarely played for Real Madrid.

When Casemiro – the usual occupier of that defensive midfield spot – was brought on as a second half substitute, Modric moved further forward and he was able to have a decisive impact right at the end.


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