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MADRID IN MELBOURNE: Modric enjoying life under 'demanding' Real Madrid boss Benitez

Luka Modric has welcomed new manager Rafa Benitez's demanding ways.

The Spanish tactician took the reins at Real earlier this month, replacing Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu, and brought with him to Madrid a reputation as a hard taskmaster.

Benitez has been whipping his squad into shape in Melbourne over the past week as part of the 2015 International Champions Cup but one player who is not bothered by his apparent hard-nosed approach is Croatian midfielder Modric.

The 29-year-old told reporters that the overall plan is to achieve success with Real in 2015/16 while improving on his own game which was restricted to just 16 La Liga appearances because of thigh and knee injuries.

"We definitely have high hopes for next season. We are working well, we are working hard and that is a good sign for the season to come that we will be successful," said Modric.

"The players don't like doing lots of tactics but we know that it is necessary for the team to work well so it becomes automatic. When you are in a situation as player, to know this stuff is very helpful. I don't think we will have any problems."

Regarding Benitez, he added: "I hope to get to the same level I was at before and then improve. I talk a lot with Mr (Benitez) about how to position in defence and also in attack. I really hope I can do well under him this year.

"This is the first time I've worked with him. As I said before, there is a good feeling.

"I heard before he came that he is a demanding coach who asks a lot but that's what I like. There is still time remaining to get to know one another better."

Madrid are preparing for then third and final ICC fixture which takes place at the MCG against Manchester City on Friday night. Los Blancos were beaten 7-6 on penalties by AS Roma after it ended 0-0 at the end of 90 minus last weekend.

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