Luka Modric is braced for the challenge that lies ahead for Real Madrid as they bid to end 2018 with a third straight Club World Cup
The Champions League holders will face off against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the United Arab Emirates later today for the semi-finals of the competition.
Despite the difficult start Real have endured this season though, Modric is gunning to end his “perfect” year on a winning note.
“It’s a very important challenge for us,” The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner told the club website.
“What this team has, and has proven many times, is quality and character. Despite the difficult times and the problems we’ve encountered along the way, we always know how to overcome them.
“We’re prepared for what awaits us and we want to finish this year, which has been perfect, in the best possible way”.
“After winning the Champions League three times in a row, we want to do the same with the Club World Cup.
“For Real Madrid, it’s always important to win titles and we want to win this for the third time in a row.
“For me, it’s always important to help the team in the best way possible, I’m not overly concerned with the individual side of things. The important thing is how we’re going to play as a team, take on this challenge and win the title”.
The Real and Kashima Antlers match will begin today at 17:30 (CET).
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