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'Belief is there' - Luka

Posted on 13 April 2011  - 12:00

Luka Modric knows how tough tonight’s ‘mission impossible’ will be – but insists the belief is there among the lads.

'Belief is there' - Luka

Luka Modric knows how tough tonight’s ‘mission impossible’ will be – but insists the belief is there among the lads.

Overturning the 4-0 first leg deficit to win our Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid would represent the biggest comeback in the competition’s history.

And the fact that we are faced with Jose Mourinho’s galacticos makes the task even harder – but Luka is focusing on the positives.

The Croatian midfielder knows we have been buoyed by Saturday’s Premier League win over Stoke and hopes that we can at least give our fans something to cheer at the Lane tonight.

He said: "We don't have anything to lose. There's a big belief around the dressing room we can produce a miracle but, to be honest, it's going to be very hard because Real Madrid are a great team full of great players.

"But we showed character against Stoke. We have to try and play our best football. Even if we don't go through, it would be great to win the game.”

No matter what happens tonight, Luka feels our Champions League adventure has made the continent sit up and take notice.

And he believes the run will bode well for our future – a future he hopes will remain in Europe’s elite club competition.

Luka added: "This season we've played against big clubs like AC Milan and Inter and shown quality in those games.

“Everyone needs to respect us and give us credit for what we have done in our first time in the Champions League. We've shown we have quality and we are a great team.

"We can still learn a lot from this season and it is a bright future for us. We can become one of the best teams if we all stay together for a long time. No-one is thinking about not qualifying for the Champions League next year.”