Modric Misses First Leg of Spanish Super Cup

Ivan Schwartz
August 12, 2017

The England global is set to miss the Real Madrid encounter in Skopje and United's first Champions League group match, but UEFA regulations allow for the ban to be extended to a third game - albeit that scenario now looks unlikely.

Spanish federation rules at that time stated that players must serve a suspension in the competition in which the offence was committed, although since March 2015 bans picked up in the Super Cup have been served in subsequent La Liga games.

"If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I'll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team". In this way, Modric one of the key pieces of Real Madrid's players won't be able to suit up the first official classic of the season.

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"Playing against the European champions it's like we're back at the theatre, back at that level".

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"Each coach tries to make the most doing it their way".

Ramos was for example asked about whether he felt in any way indebted to Mourinho for moving him to centre-back, only to completely shut down any idea he should be grateful, but it was still all quite mild.

But on a sweltering night in the Macedonian capital, last season's Europa League winners improved in the final stages after Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit, and substitute Marcus Rashford nearly equalised late on. When I left it was a team that had played three consecutive Champions League semis, they had been Spanish champions, they had won games at home as well as overseas.

"I left and it was hard for the others to say many good things about me".

"I don't think that changed my career at all", he said.

"So for us to come here and do the positive things we did, I think we have to keep that positive feeling into the new season, and into the Champions League in September".

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