The truth of yesterday is not the truth of yesterday or the day after, and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos both struggle to understand this. Real Madrid legends, with whom he won 5 and 4 Champions League titles respectively, the Croatian and the German are today much closer to the end of their careers than the beginning. However, both players are adamant on the idea of playing a leading role at the club, despite the logical lack of pace given their now advanced age (38 and 33 years).
The first, still undisputed last season (33 La Liga matches), has seen its position decline in recent weeks. It’s simple, the 2018 Ballon d’Or has only played 242 minutes since the beginning of the year, which is almost half the playing time given by Carlo Ancelotti last season at this stage of the season (406). a situation that has the quality of being annoying “Lukita” Internally, as he already expressed in the Croatian media during the international break sports news. “I just want to play, I signed an extension and was told nothing would change my situation”declared the Zadar native, who also rejected several solicitous offers from Saudi Arabia this summer.
The club now wants to focus on its youth
During Real Madrid’s victory against Union Berlin in the Champions League this Wednesday (1-0), Modric was able to make himself heard, but for how long? According to relevo, Madrid’s top brass will insist that Ancelotti focus more on youth, including Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchoumen and, of course, Jude Bellingham, who was a jack of all trades at the start of the season. Thus the objective would be to integrate the two seniors into the rotation and provide them with some degree of role “guide”,
Faced with this situation, Tony Cruz will also feel irritable. Keen to regain his undisputed place, as indicated by a source close to the club relevo, the German is a bit of a champ, he even thought about retiring this summer, before finally extending his tenure. Since the start of the season, the 2014 World Champions have featured in only 278 minutes of play (2 starts in 6 matches), which is almost half the number last season at this stage of the season (438). With BTC on the rise, it is hard to imagine the former Bavarian taking a leading role again, even if Carlo Ancelotti was more cautious in a press conference this week: “I know very well what Modric and Kroos can bring to me. I don’t need to test them. “They will remain important.”, he confided. Important, yes, but in the locker room or on the field?