Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is disappointed to play without the fans at Anfield in the second leg UCL fixture against Liverpool.
The Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric said he was disappointed as they have to play against Liverpool in an empty stadium at Anfield. The Croatia international has experienced the atmosphere of Anfield both with Tottenham Hotspur and Real. He seems to enjoy the atmosphere of Anfield with the fans in the stadium, his last visit to Anfield was in 2014 finishing in a 3-0 victory for the La Liga side in their Champions League group game.
But Wednesday’s situation will be vastly different as the ground will remain empty because of the Covid-19 guidelines. Modric admits that will be disappointing to play in the stadium without the fans, even if it would offer an advantage for the hosts as they would seek to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg of their quarter-final.
Modric speaks about Liverpool’ Anfield crowd:
“We are in a situation everyone knows we are living in at the moment. Hopefully, this will change quickly,” he said. “To be honest I would prefer to play at Anfield with the crowd because of the atmosphere here. “I played a few times with Tottenham, we played that game with Real and the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone wants to play with fans, with the crowd.
He said it would be a demanding game for Madrid and they would have to at their very best on the pitch trying to defend and attack as a unit. Modric played an important role to help Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg, he played in midfield alongside Toni Kroos for Madrid in the first leg and picked up an assist in the match setting Vinicius for a goal. He hopes to carry the same form for Wednesday to help Real qualify for the Semi-Final.