Celta Vigo sent shortwaves through European football with a thumping win over the Champions League holders but Madrid’s Croatia midfielder insists he is taking little notice
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric insists his team are unfazed by Barcelona’s troubles but admits to being “surprised” by their rivals’ defeat against Celta Vigo.
A Karim Benzema brace proved the difference as Rafa Benitez’s side edged past Athletic Bilbao 2-1 and went top of the La Liga table after Barca were comfortably thrashed 4-1 in Vigo.
Modric said the results of Luis Enrique’s team mattered little to Real, but the Croatian was shocked by the severity of the beating Luis Enrique’s side took.
“We have to look ourselves and not be worried for other teams,” he said.
“But we were a little bit surprised by the Barcelona defeat.”
Modric was full of praise for Benzema, who struck either side of Sabin Merino’s 67th-minute equaliser at San Mames.
Benzema, heavily linked with a move away in the close-season, has struck five times in four La Liga games this campaign.
“Karim is a great player, incredible. He is among the two or three best in the world,” Modric said.
“We are lucky to have him in our team.”
Modric also talked up his international team-mate Mateo Kovacic, who played 89 minutes in the win.
“Kovacic was incredible, very good. He was very happy and very tired,” he said.