REAL MADRID

Modric and Ramos: new leaders in the Madrid dressing room

The Croatian midfielder and the defender from Camas were the stand-out players for Madrid on Saturday and their excellent relationship is key for Zidane's squad.

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Sergio Ramos y Luka Modric, los nuevos líderes del vestuario del Real Madrid.

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Modric-Ramos connection

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring an equalising goal for his team during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou stadium on December 03,

With the 'BBC' off-air due to Gareth Bale out with injury, Saturday's El Clásico spotlight fell upon Sergio Ramos with his late goal following a perfect free-kick from Luka Modric, who once again completed an excellent game for Zinedine Zidane's side.

Power shift

In previous times it was believed that Madrid's dressing room was led by the influence of the club's Portuguese contingent, the balance of power has shifted and it's now Ramos and Luka Modric who are the leaders among the squad. Both players have an excellent personal relationship and have gone out of their way to ensure that new arrivals and youth players feel integrated as part of the Real Madrid first team.

"A decent ball"

The good relationship has seen both players spending time on holiday together and Ramos had nothing but praise for the Croatian's assist after Saturday's game: "A decent ball from Luka, just for a change" jokingly claimed the defender.

Fourth Ramos goal this season

The late equalizer at Camp Nou was Sergio Ramos' fourth goal of the current campaign and the first assist from the Croatian with previous assists coming from Lucas, Kroos and James. It also appears that the goal was something the duo have been working on with Ramos adding: "He indicated as to where he was going to place the ball and I latched onto it. It's something we've worked on and it came in a natural manner".