Former Tottenham man on form as Real Madrid make history - not Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo Goal

Real Madrid have won seven consecutive matches without conceding for the first time in their history. Luka Modric has been a big help.

It's official: Real Madrid are back on top of La Liga.

It may not be for long (both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have a game in hand over Los Blancos) but it's still a big step in the right direction.

And the word 'big' is perhaps an understatement. 'Historic' would be more accurate.

Indeed, Madrid's 2-0 win against Granada on Saturday ensures they have won seven consecutive matches without conceding - an unprecedented achievement in their long, illustrious history.

Yes, it may be hard to believe but Real Madrid are still setting records - and a certain former Tottenham star has been a huge help.

Interestingly, though, it's not world-record signing Gareth Bale. No, with an 89.8% pass success rate, six assists and a masterful eye for a killer pass, Luka Modric has been nothing short of instrumental during Madrid's road to the top.

And the Croatian's impressive run of form has not gone unnoticed.

"Modric's greatest quality is his penetration with the ball," Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti told reporters after the Granada game.

"At the start of the season he showed less character - but now he is showing a lot more and his quality is also important to change the pace in attack.

"The record [of seven consecutive wins and clean sheets] is very good, I have to thank all the players because they are focused on recovering the ball right now. [Sergio] Ramos and Pepe have been perfect in 2014 but everyone has worked hard to get this record."

Ancelotti's side had to wait until the second half to get off the mark against Granada, when goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema sealed the win, and now find themselves two points clear at the top of the Spanish league.

image: © Jan Solo

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