The Croatia international, who started the game and scored a beautiful goal before later being subbed off, did not attempt to play down the failure.

Luka Modric has confronted media

Luka Modric was the man tasked with confronting the media after Real Madrid’s defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Croatia international, who started the game and scored a beautiful goal before later being subbed off, did not attempt to play down the failure. The 3-2 loss at home in their group stage opener, Los Blancos’ most winning match in this stage of the competition, would be bitterly disappointing for Los Blancos and Modric was honest in his assessment. “In the first half, we weren’t at the races. But in the second half, we tried to improve, and we did improve, but ultimately not enough to give us a chance to draw or win a match. We have to improve, which is a lot. We lacked confidence today, especially in the first half.”

The Croatian is convinced that they’ll improve the play

After the disappointment of Wednesday’s match, the Croatian midfielder is keen to move on and is already focused on bouncing back. “We have to keep going,” Modric said. “The next one came quickly, and there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to be much better in the next games”. With that in mind, the 35-year-old explained what coach Zinedine Zidane had asked his team to improve on the way forward. “Zidane told us that we have to put more and better pressure in the first half, we have to work together,” Modric said. “I think we did it in the second half and scored two goals. It’s a tough loss, but there is a lot of time left, and I’m sure we will improve.”

 

While not hiding from what went wrong, Modric sees the positives reasons to believe that from here, the team will put on and set the result for themselves.

“They got the first goal, our heads went down, and we lost confidence,” Modric admitted. “In the second half, we improved, but not enough. Overall, we are not happy, but we will get better. It’s good that the next game is so soon. We need to be together and believe in each other and our quality, we have not forgotten how to play football”. And that the next game is pretty big, with Modric confident that his side will rise to the occasion. “El Clásico is always a different game, and we will be for it,” he said.