By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Some observers expected a Falcao-led Atletico Madrid side to pull off an upset against city rivals Real Madrid in the recent derby, but it was Jose Mourinho's squad that eased to a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil.
Speaking to the club's official website, Modric urged his team-mates to perform at a similar standard when they welcomed Ajax to the Santiago Bernabeu.
"If we play like we did against Atlético then we are the favourites to win the Champions League," he stated.
"That is the way to go and if we carry on like and with the passion we showed in the last match then we are the favourites."
Signed from Tottenham in the summer, Modric revealed that he was enjoying his time, playing alongside some of the best midfielders in the world.
"I am adapting well. When I arrived I said that whatever position I was asked to play in, I would try to do it the best I could and play to my full ability, but my favourite position, where I am most comfortable and play the best, is in the centre of the pitch along with Xabi or [Sami] Khedira," he shared.
"Real Madrid is the best team in the world and expectations are very high. Mourinho wants to play the way I did at Tottenham, but faster and more aggressively. I am progressing well and now I understand what the coach wants from me."
The Champions League Group D fixture between Real Madrid and Ajax takes place on Tuesday.