Modric is joint third top scorer at the club and fifth for assists, even though by his own admission his contribution is never truly reflected by those measurements.
Zidane's position has come under scrutiny again after Wednesday's defeat by third-tier side Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey but Madrid responded at Mendizorroza without their coach, or their captain Sergio Ramos, who was out with a knee injury.
LaLiga: Real Madrid draw level with Atletico Madrid after 3-1 win over Eibar; Granada beat Real Betis
Real sit behind Atletico on goal difference, but have the better head-to-head record, which is how level teams are split at the end of the season.
LaLiga: Atletico Madrid edge past Barcelona to earn title boost; Villarreal hold Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw
Yannick Carrasco finished brilliantly from range after mistakes from Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre ter Stegen left the goal gaping but Barca, and a below-par Lionel Messi, failed to respond at the Wanda Metropolitano.
LaLiga: Sergio Ramos leads Real Madrid to victory over Barcelona as club bounces back from woeful run
Real Madrid lead the league with 13 points. Barcelona have seven with a game in hand.
Ronaldo is with the Portugal squad but has a toe infection and did not train on Wednesday or Thursday. He was instead doing "gym work", the Portuguese football federation (FPF) said.
Messi's departure, even his unhappiness, would give Madrid an opening, not only to win LaLiga again but to establish their own period of supremacy in Spain.
Karim Benzema scored twice to give Madrid their 10th consecutive league victory. Real Madrid were the only team with a perfect record after the coronavirus-enforced break, having trailed Barcelona by two points before the league was halted.
'There should be less foreigners in Indian football leagues', says Coratia's coach during online session organised by SAI and AIFF
Dalic said, 'It is difficult to build a solid base of local talent if too many foreigners play in the domestic leagues.'
The crucial moment in the game came when Real midfielder Federico Valverde deliberately fouled Alvaro Morata when he was through on goal in the 115th minute, avoiding a clear chance for Atletico but earning a straight red card
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid kick off tournament in Saudi Arabia with comfortable semi-final win over Valencia
Real Madrid midfielder Kroos curled in an exquisite right-footed shot from the corner flag in the 15th minute after spotting Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech out of position
Ballon d'Or 2019: Here's how you can watch the live streaming of the 64th edition of the awards ceremony
As the football season reaches the halfway stage, it's time for us to switch our attention to the Ballon d'Or, the 64th edition of which takes place in Paris on Monday. It's that time of the year when we witness the crowning of the world's best men's footballer.
Real Madrid stay in touch with leaders Barcelona, who also have 28 points after 13 games but top the standings due to their superior goal difference.
LaLiga: Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Gareth Bale doubtful for upcoming El Clasico after players skip training
Real Madrid face an anxious wait to see if Luka Modric and Gareth Bale will be fit for next week's Clasico against Barcelona after both players missed training on Tuesday.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Wales star Gareth Bale relieved after getting away with rash tackle on Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar
Wales have failed to win in five previous encounters with Croatia and Gareth Bale would love to end that run against his Real team-mate Luka Modric
Real Madrid continue to top the LaLiga standings and are the only side in the first division to remain unbeaten.
Zinedine Zidane has come under scrutiny after enduring his worst ever defeat as Real Madrid coach on Wednesday, a 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
FIFA 20 Rankings: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo continue dominance atop rankings, Liverpool stars break into top-10
The FIFA 20 Top 100 is fairly predictable, with Lionel Messi coming out on top in his seemingly ceaseless battle with Cristiano Ronaldo for the number 1 spot in the game
LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after Welshman stars in Los Blancos' 3-1 win over Celta Vigo
Zinedine Zidane indicated Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after the Welshman led the way in a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo.
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for UEFA Player of the Year award along with Liverpool's Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk
Messi won the first edition of the award in 2011 while Ronaldo has won it on three occasions, in 2014, 2016 and 2017.