Luka Modrić will have the opportunity for his fifth European title in the Real Madrid jersey in Paris against Liverpool. The captain of the Croatian national team and the legend of the "Royal Club" would thus achieve a truly unique undertaking in his 10-year stay in Madrid.
Yesterday, the 36-year-old Croatian midfielder, although he was replaced in the 76th minute of the return match with Manchester City, played great.
“Modrić, Kroos and Casemiro played a fantastic match, we have to admit that. I replaced them just to have fresher players on the field,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti after reaching the finals.
The Italian expert also went down in history, becoming the first coach in history to qualify for five Champions League finals. So far, Ancelotti, Marcello Lippi, Alex Ferguson and Jürgen Klopp have had four finals each.
He showed that he deserved it all with a move he made yesterday, which few coaches would have made - at the end of the game he took practically all the biggest stars out of the game - Kroos, Modrić, Casemir, Benzema, Milita and Vinicius Junior - and played the final with a reserve team and mostly young players.
It is also interesting that we will have a Croatian football player in the finals in Paris for the 11th year in a row. Ivica Olić started a great series in 2012 in a Bayern jersey, Mario Mandžukić continued in the same club in 2013, followed by performances by Modrić in 2014, Rakitić in 2015, Modrić and Kovačić in 2016, Modrić, Kovačić and Mandžukić in 2017, Modrić, Kovačić and Lovren in 2018, Lovren in 2019, Perišić in 2020 and Kovačić in 2021.
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