NEWS STORY. 08/03/2022. Alberto Navarro
Luka Modrić spoke to the media in an online press conference from Real Madrid City on the eve of the Champions League round of 16 return-leg meeting with PSG (9pm CET) and had the following to say about the encounter: “I'm sure that the Bernabéu will have a really important role to play for us because playing here at home means a great deal. It’ll be a great game. We've played many of these games and the fans’ support will be really important because we're going to need all of their help, just as we did against Real Sociedad and they will spur us on to give even more when it gets tough out there, just as they always have done in these big games”.
“Every game is different. The important thing is that we go out and try and do what the coach asks of us. The most important thing is that we go out there and show the character, good energy and aggression that we produced against Real Sociedad. If we manage to do that, we’ll be in with a very good chance of getting through the tie. We’ll have to give our all”.
“That's a question you’d have to put to the coach. We have to go out there and show energy, aggression and character. The way we set up is something that the coach decides and I'm sure he knows what he's going to do, who's going to play and how we will set up. Those of us who are out there on the pitch need to give our all to put in a good performance to try and get us through to the next round”.
Pressure to progress
“There is big pressure on both teams. Both of us want to get through. They’re keen to win the Champions League and are yet to have done so, which speaks volumes of just how tough it is. We won it four times in five years and made it look easy and as if it was normal, but that's far from being the case. There's a lot at stake for both teams. We're both great sides. We’re the best club in the history of the game and are always under pressure, no matter what the competition, because we always want to win”.
“Casemiro’s absence is a shame because we all know exactly what he brings to our system, but we’ve got other players who are capable of performing well, such as Valverde and Camavinga. I hope that Kroos is involved and I’ll have to do just what I always do and give that little bit extra to cover the job that Casemiro does as he won’t be involved. We're all going to have to give a bit more, particularly on the defensive side of the game. I'm certain that whoever plays tomorrow will go out and perform well”.
“We all want to be involved in these kinds of games and you've got to be at 100% in them. If Kroos plays tomorrow it means that he’s 100% fit. You've got to be at 100% if you're going to be out there because there are no excuses. You have to give your all”.
“He put in a great performance the other day. He’s still young and has to keep progressing as he is. We have to be patient with him, but I like the fact that he has a strong character, is strong-minded and is afraid of nothing. Us more veteran players are here to help him by giving him advice, but he needs to just keep performing as he has been of late. He’s getting better every day and has a bright future ahead of him and I'm sure he's going to play a big role in the future”.