Luka Modric has opened up about Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final, revealing the tactic that made the difference.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in Cardiff, latching onto a Dani Carvajal cross along the ground and firing past Gianluigi Buffon.
Mario Mandzukic equalised for the Serie A giants and the two sides went in level at the break before Casemiro put Los Blancos back in front with a long range strike.
Ronaldo extended Real’s advantage moments later and finally Marco Asensio put the game to bed with a close range effort in the penalty area.
Real, who won their third Champions League trophy in four seasons on the night, never looked like losing on the biggest stage of them all in Wales.
And according to Modric, this is entirely down to boss Zinedine Zidane, who spotted a weakness in the Juventus defence.
“Zidane and his staff detected Juventus’ defensive weakness, so throughout the week, in preparation for the final, we practiced return passes,” Modric told HTV and Sportske Novosti.
“Juventus’ defence is great when it comes to crosses, but not so on low return passes. That is what we worked on and that is how we scored three of our goals in the final. Congratulations to the coach for that detail, which was the key in the final.”
Ahead of the game, the Old Lady had only conceded three times in their Champions League campaign as Real smashed four past them in one night.
In winning, Los Blancos became the first team in the modern era to retain the trophy.