The Croatian and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric,admits absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for the supoer star is almost impossible for the team.
The Croatian playmaker, who was speaking Monday ahead of the Los Blancos Champions League last-16, reverse fixture against Ajax on Tuesday insists the club’s current strikers have also failed to step into the role vacated by Ronaldo.”When you lose two games against your biggest rivals is not something that makes you feel good,”
Of course we miss him, given everything he did for the club. What the club tried to do was divide the burden among the players, and that isn’t easy.
That is our biggest problem this year. For example against Barca in the cup we had many chances and when you don’t take advantage your opponent punishes you.”modric said.
Madrid failed to score in two Clasicos against Barcelona last week, being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind the Catalan league leaders, leaving retaining the Champions League as their only hope of glory.
“The club has put faith in other players, like Gareth, [Marco] Asensio, Karim [Benzema] and has bought Mariano Diaz and Vinicius is doing well for his age. But sometimes things don’t work out as we wont.Cristiano is living history at the club and all he’s done for the club is shown in the trophy cabinets; we have maximum respect for him,
“The only way forward is to work together. Madrid will always be at the top, and then this isn’t the came, we will always come back.”Cristiano is not here, so we can’t complain for the next ten years that we don’t have him.
Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many. Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.
Surprisingly, the Champions League is now the only available window, the Los Blancos can seek a silverware in the 2018-19 campaign.