After building an unassailable 3-0 lead at half-time lead, Madrid played much of the second half at walking pace as they conserved energy for the eagerly anticipated weekend encounter with Catalan rivals Barcelona.
While this proved evident throughout the second period, Luka Modric confirmed his side's intentions during an interview conducted by Goal.com.
'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,' said the Croat.
'The first goal broke them. They lost enthusiasm. Then in the second half we were saving a little bit of energy for Saturday.'
'The atmosphere in the team is great and it's one of the reasons why we're playing so well,' Modric added.
He gave an impressive performance in this tie, maintaining possession in the centre of the park with supreme confidence, and very few will fault his display.
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He completed 94% of his 95 passes and recorded two successful dribbles, while he assisted his side in a defensive capacity, with one tackle and two interceptions.
The former Tottenham midfielder also claimed that beating Barca on Saturday would be a huge morale boost for Los Blancos, who, despite being crowned European champions, finished third in La Liga last season.
'I am ready for the Clasico, whatever the outcome is. Hopefully, we will win because it would mean a lot for our confidence.'