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Luka Modric - The missing piece?


Arrival of Luka Modric to the Real Madrid squad has finally ended a dull and uneventful transfer window for Mourinho. He is arguably the best and most coveted player to be transfered this season and his entry into our squad is in accordance with our tradition of buying the most talked about (if not necessarily the best) player on any list.

Though his introduction is certainly good news, what he will add to the already very talented squad is still uncertain.

In my opinion we will see him play mostly against teams which choose to play defensively against Madrid, like Valencia and Getafe recently. His creativity going forward will take a lot of burden of Xabi Alonso and help us in keeping possesion for longer spells. He might also b started in games like the UCL semi final against Bayern last season, where Mourinho intention was not to play defensively but the team ended up doing so due to good passing and co-ordination among Bayern midfielders.

While in games such as El Clasico, I think that khedira or Lass might be preferred over Modric because they are games where Real prefer to sit back and wait for counter attacking opportunities. Modric's game is not suited fo those encounters due to his physical shortcomings. Many would like to believe that Mourinho would prefer playing Modric in games against midfield heavy teams like Barca and City (Balotelli and Aguero play mainly as feeders). But I don't think Modric's introduction can raise the standard of our midfield to that of Xavi and Iniesta. Modric playing in those games would put more strain on Xabi as he is not really good at stealing (or more like robbing in Pepe and Ramos' terms) the ball from opposition.

As far as Wednesday's Supercopa tie goes, I think we might see Modric start as that would give him some confidence at let Mou experiment with the formation.

Anyways Modric is a great addition to the team and no other potential transfer could have given "The Only One" so many options.

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