Madrid need 'big attitude' to win the Champions League again – Modric

The former Tottenham star is optimistic about his side’s chances of defending the trophy after their thrashing of Basel

Luka Modric believes Real Madrid have what it takes to successfully defend their Champions League title so long as they remain humble and show “big attitude” as a team.

The titleholders beat Basel 5-1 in their Group B opener at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening and the Croatian midfielder is optimistic about his side’s chances of going all the way again.

“There’s a long way to go. No team has won two Champions League titles in a row,” Modric told the official Uefa website.

“Hopefully we can be the first, but we need to go game by game. Be humble and play every game with a big attitude, that’s the only way.

“To play as a team, we can go far, hopefully to win again, but it’s a long way to go.”

Madrid were beaten 2-1 by Atletico at the weekend and Modric has stressed that it was important for their confidence to bounce back with a win in European club football’s elite competition.

“It was important for us to start the Champions League well and get a good result after the disappointing result against Atletico.

“It was important to start well, win the game, score goals and get back the confidence that we’d maybe lost a little bit.

“There’s no reason to lose confidence; we played well, especially in the first half an hour, and we need to build on this and continue to grow in the next games.”

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