To find a Cristiano Ronaldo replacement is almost impossible: Luka Modric

first_img Next To find a Cristiano Ronaldo replacement is almost impossible: Luka ModricLuka Modric said Real Madrid lacked consistency and goal this season and that the club strikers have together not been able to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.advertisement Reuters MadridMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 19:56 IST Luka Modric said that given what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Real Madrid, they miss him. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuka Modric said Cristiano Ronaldo used to score 50 goals and Real Madrid miss thatCristiano is living history at the club: Madrid coach Santiago SolariModric made an example out of El Clasico saying when you don’t take your chances, opponents punish youReal Madrid’s forwards have failed to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric said on Monday. The Croatian, speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League last-16, second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday, said his team lacked consistency and goals this season.Madrid failed to score in two Clasicos against Barcelona last week, being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind the Catalan league leaders, leaving retaining the Champions League as their only hope of glory.Ronaldo, the European champions’ all-time top scorer, left in July to join Juventus and Madrid signed young attackers Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz but no big-name forward to replace the Portuguese.”The absence of Cristiano is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” Modric told reporters.”Given what he did for us and this club, we miss Cristiano. The club wanted the other players to make up for what he did, divided between the strikers and that is not easy.”Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many. Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.”That is our biggest problem this year. For example against Barca in the cup we had many chances and when you don’t take advantage your opponent punishes you.”The club tried, and it seems good, putting faith in other players like Gareth (Bale), (Marco) Asensio, Karim (Benzema); they brought in Mariano, Vinicius is here.advertisement”(Vinicius) is doing very well for the age he is but sometimes things don’t go how we wanted them to.”Vinicius Junior has been Madrid’s driving force over the past few weeks but the 18-year-old has scored only three goals this season.Club record signing Bale has 13 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, while top scorer Benzema has netted 20 from 42.Madrid hold a 2-1 lead over Ajax from the first leg and coach Santiago Solari hopes the team can be more accurate in front of goal as they bid to seal their progress to the quarter-finals.”Cristiano is living history at the club and all he’s done for the club is shown in the trophy cabinets; wt for him,” said the coach.e have maximum respec”Those of us who are here are working the best we can, to attack better, to score more goals, to do our job. It’s true we’ve had a lot of chances in recent games, and we have to finish them.”Also Read | Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar hints at future move to Real MadridAlso Read | Ivan Rakitic gives Barcelona second El Clasico win in four days at Real MadridFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Luka ModricFollow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Real MadridFollow Footballlast_img

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