Real Madrid went easy on Liverpool with El Clasico in mind, admits Luka Modric

The score remained at 3-0 despite all the goals coming in the first half

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Real Madrid took their foot off the gas during their impressive win over Liverpool in midweek, Luka Modric has admitted.

The Champions League holders raced into a 3-0 lead after 41 minutes at Anfield, with the opener coming from Cristiano Ronaldo before a double from Karim Benzema.

Liverpool must have feared an embarrassing scoreline with the Spanish side looking irresistible at times.

However, the second half was devoid of incident and Ronaldo was taken off after 75 minutes.

Modric has revealed that the visitors went easy on their opponents with the three points assured.

"In the last month, or month and a half, we have looked in great shape and we showed our top form in this iconic stadium," Modric told

"The first goal broke them. They lost enthusiasm. Then in the second half we were saving a little bit of energy for Saturday."


Real Madrid meet a Barcelona side that will feature Luis Suarez for the first time on Saturday in the first El Clasico of the season. With Barcelona yet to concede a goal in La Liga this season and finding themselves four points ahead of Real Madrid in the league, it is understandable that Real Madrid looked to save their energy.