Champions League

Luka Modric reveals Chelsea are 'most difficult team to play against'

Sean Walsh
Chelsea ran Real Madrid close
Chelsea ran Real Madrid close / David Ramos/GettyImages

Luka Modric has revealed that Chelsea are 'the most difficult team to play against' following Real Madrid's 5-4 aggregate Champions League triumph over the Blues.

Los Blancos beat Thomas Tuchel's side 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their quarter-final last week courtesy of a Karim Benzema hat-trick. However, Chelsea went 3-0 up in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, before substitute Rodrygo came off the bench to send the tie to extra-time and Benzema struck the winner in the 96th minute.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Modric - who assisted Rodrygo's crucial leveller - praised manager Carlo Ancelotti's substitutions that helped swing a game that was heading away from Real back in their favour, hailing Chelsea as 'the most difficult team to play against'.

"I think [Ancelotti] did great changes. They did well, they had a great impact on the game," Modric said.

"Certainly in this competition, experience is important. I think today it helped us a bit.

"But we knew after the first game it would be a tough game. For me, they are the most difficult team to play against.

"I watch them a lot because of my friend Mateo [Kovacic], they are a very tough and physical team, very compact, and we knew it would be tough. But at the end we showed again great character, desire, togetherness and we managed to turn it around. It is amazing, it is very sweet."