This article is published by Football.com. Please contact Football.scom if you think this content is appropriate and should be removed from this page.
Modric bemoans Real defeat
Created on Apr. 09, 2014 11:58 AM EST
Luka Modric called for improvement after Real Madrid scraped through to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Real, who rested star man Cristiano Ronaldo, were beaten 2-0 by an injury-depleted Borussia Dortmund team at Signal Iduna Park but the Spanish giants still progressed to the final four after winning 3-2 on aggregate.
Despite booking their spot in the next round, Modric was at a loss to explain the team's poor performance.
"I don't know what happened," Modric said.
"It may be that we were complacent because we won 3-0 and we started thinking it would be easy. I don't know.
"We need to learn from this match. We always say we need to learn but we never do."
Real, record nine-times winners of Europe's prestigious club event, will appear in a fourth consecutive semi-final.
But Croatia midfielder Modric felt that the club's achievement was overshadowed by their lacklustre display.
"Of course we're happy we've reached the semi-finals but we aren't happy with how we've played, especially in the first-half," he said.
"We can't allow what happened in the first-half. But we improved and we are in the semi-final."
Real have lost at the last-four stage three years running, including a 4-3 aggregate loss to Dortmund last season.
The last time Real advanced to the final, they lifted the trophy after triumphing 2-1 over Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.