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Luka Modric once again proved his class with yet another imperious display in a Champions League final, on Saturday night.
And, following Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over the usually watertight Juventus, the Croatian midfielder has, rather simply, explained the way to unlock Juve's usually watertight defence.
Before Saturday's showpiece in Cardiff, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Gianluigi Buffon and co had shipped just two goals in 12 games during this season's competition, only to concede double that amount in 90 minutes when faced with Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the reigning European champions.
A Ronaldo double,a long range deflected effort from Casemiro and a neat finish from Marco Asensio ensured the Champions League remained at the Bernabeu for another year, with Los Blancos becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.
But, despite the heroics of Ronaldo in front of goal, it was Modric who dominated in midfield, ensuring the likes of Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic couldn't influence the game, as the Croatian pulled the strings for Zinedine Zidane's all conquering Spanish and European champions.
Following the final, Modric was interviewed by HTV and Sportske Novosti, where he revealed how Real were able to tear apart arguably the best defence in world football with such ease.
"Juventus' defence is great when it comes to crosses, but not so on low return passes. That is what we worked on and that is how we scored three of our goals in the final. Congratulations to the coach for that detail, which was the key in the final."
Bearing in mind even Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar couldn't find a way through Juve's rearguard in 180 minutes, during the quarter-finals, Modric's tactical revelations are certainly easier said than done.
Who can stop Zidane's Real team now, though? Can they make it three in a row, next season?
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