Luka Modric has revealed that Chelsea are a team very difficult to play with’ following Real Madrid’s 5-4 UEFA Champions League win over the Blues.
Los Blancos beat Thomas Tuchel’s side 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the quarter-final last week with hat-trick Karim Benzema. However, Chelsea went up 3-0 in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, before replacement Rodrygo stepped off the bench and sent off a tie in extra time and Benzema beat the winner in the 96th minute.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Modric – who assisted Rodrygo’s key striker – praised the change of manager Carlo Ancelotti which helped slide the game away from Real after their harvest, praising Chelsea as “the toughest team to play against”.
“I think [Ancelotti] made a big change. They did well, they had a great impact on the game,” Modric said.
“Certainly in this tournament the experience is important, I think today helped us a little.
“But we knew that after the first game it would be a tough game. For me it is a very difficult team to play against.
“I admire them very much because of my friend Mateo [Kovacic], they are a very strong and strong team, very united, and we knew it was going to be tough. But in the end we also showed good character, desire, and unity and he was able to turn it around.