18 September 2012
Real Madrid won their Champions League opener and Modric spent his first magical night as a Real Madrid player in the Whites’ coliseum. The midfielder said afterwards: "I came to Real Madrid to play matches like these. It was very exciting, almost like a final. It was a great match against a great Manchester City team with great players. I am very happy to have won in the end."
The Whites won the match by scoring two goals in the final minutes and the Croatian explained his feelings. "This is Real Madrid. When you play like this you can lose, but we won and that's what is important. We won because we showed quality and character. I hope this match will help us to start play better during in the season" said Modric. He then added about his arrival at the club:"It is better than I hoped. Everything has been amazing since I arrived. I'm enjoying every moment."
The new Real Madrid player took to the field in the second half to contribute to the Whites’ comeback: "It was an incredible match. I think everyone who watched this match will have really enjoyed it. High quality, great players on the field and in the end we’re very happy because we won the match. We showed character to come back and I'm very happy."
Finally, Modric spoke of the support of the public and the singing of the Santiago Bernabéu: "The atmosphere was incredible and when you win like that it is better. We want to thank the supporters for being there to support for the whole match and we want it to stay that way all season. The atmosphere was very good. The crowd were incredible."