Real Madrid’s Luka Modric will have to lead his team to victory vs Granada

These last couple of weeks have been a real rollercoaster ride for the boys from the Spanish capital.

Zinedine Zidane finally got the ball rolling over in La Liga, successfully racing through a great series of games only to solidify himself and Real Madrid as the league leaders at the very peak of the mountain.

One thing that is worrying, however, is the Galacticos’ form in Europe, and that does come as a surprise considering that Real Madrid are pretty well known for their Champions League exploits, having won three crowns in a row under Zidane in recent times.

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But this Real Madrid is still far away from the one that made history in Europe a couple of years back.

One big difference between that Los Blancos side and the ones we’re watching right now concerns the performances of their key players and veterans, which are, in their case, one and the same thing.

Most of their most important pieces within the squad are, in fact, players over 30 – Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and of course, Luka Modric.

The 34-year-old Croatian sensation is slowly getting on and maybe it was his presence that Real missed the most at the very start of their new campaign in 2019. After all, Modric – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – has been absent for a number of big games already and not to mention that we are talking about a player who broke the duopoly of Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s own legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, by snatching away that Ballon d’Or last year.

Any team would miss such a player if he was suddenly taken away from them, and Los Blancos are no exception.

But after missing four games due to injury and one game due to red card suspension, the Croatian midfielder is finally back and ready to rock and roll. He made his full return against Club Brugge just the other night but as we now already know, that clash was everything but a success for the Galacticos.

And yes, coming back from a 2-0 deficit is definitely praise-worthy but suffering so much and relying on miraculous goals to even tally a single point at the Santiago Bernabeu is already cause for major concern.

Modric, for all his brilliance, was not really firing on all cylinders either.

Of course, we have to take into account the fact that he just returned to full fitness and that game marked his big comeback. Sure, he did play 22 minutes in the Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid prior to that but that was just testing the waters and making a cameo appearance at best.

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Against Brugge, Modric tallied two shots, two key passes and also helped out defensively with three tackles and two interceptions. Those are already some solid figures and they might suggest the 34-year-old is slowly but surely returning to his very best.

And that will be crucial for the weekend’s game and moving forward in general.

Real Madrid are welcoming Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu and after that disappointing draw with the Belgian side, the Madrid crowd will surely be aching for a big performance from their team.

Not to mention that their Saturday guests are currently sitting just below the Whites in the table with 13 points under their belts.

That makes winning this game that much more important and Modric’s performance has to absolutely be top-notch if they want to get all three points on the day.

In Modric’s absence, however, Toni Kroos was the one to step up and led the team through some dark times.

The German midfielder was dropping masterclasses left, right and centre but now that his dancing partner in the middle of the pitch is finally back on the podium, the two can tango together.

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If anyone is going to help Real Madrid get out of the gutters and towards the stars, then it’s Modric.

It will, however, have to be a team effort and while the 34-year-old Croatian can do a lot, he won’t be able to do it all by himself. He’s had a couple of games to get back into his rhythm but now, Zidane will need him to lead once more.

Let’s see if he can do it this Saturday already.

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