Modric confident of Champions League progression

Tottenham’s Croatian playmaker Luka Modric has spoken of the “unbelievable” 1-0 victory over Milan on Tuesday night, and called for them to replicate the performance at White Hart Lane for the second leg.

Talking to the official Tottenham website, Modric declared: “It was unbelievable. We scored the goal and we showed we’re a great team, even if we’re missing a couple of important players.

“We showed we could cope with big teams and that we can perform well and beat them away from home, which is a massive achievement for us.”

Modric had been a doubt for the game, and came on as a substitute with 30 minutes remaining, playing a key part in the decisive goal by Peter Crouch. “I spoke with the gaffer the night before and he told me he was thinking of putting me on for half an hour. He did and everything was perfect.

“I feel much better. I know I didn’t play for two weeks or have normal training, which was hard, but now I feel good.”

The 25-year-old midfielder did however warn against complacency for the return leg on Wednesday 9th March: “It’s far from over. They’re a great team with great players and we need to be focused for the second leg and concentrate and play our best game.

“I hope we’ll all be fit for the second leg, no injuries, and if we play like Tuesday – for which there is no reason not too, we can only play better – I hope we can go through.”

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