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Luka welcomes City test

Posted on 24 June 2010  - 12:00

Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of an opening day showdown against Manchester City to kick-off next season's Premier League campaign.

Luka welcomes City test

Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of an opening day showdown against Manchester City to kick-off next season's Premier League campaign.

The provisional fixture list for the 2010-11 season was announced last week and landed us with another cracker on the opening weekend.

Last season we faced Liverpool at the Lane on the first weekend - a match we won 2-1 - and now we take on the City team we went head-to-head with for fourth place last term on Saturday, August 14. Remember, this date could change.

We memorably came out on top of that duel with a 1-0 win at Eastlands on May 5 - the win that guaranteed fourth and a place in the Champions League come August.

The fact that the match is so fresh in the memory adds a little more spice to the occasion - a fact not lost on Luka.

"First of all, it's good to play such a strong team," said the Croatian maestro who played such a key role in the big wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and City at the end of the season.

"We've always done well in the big games, especially at home, and City is certainly one of those games.

"It will be great if we can go out and win it and that will give us such confidence for the next games, just like we did against Liverpool at the start of last season. We started so well after that.

"It will be an interesting game, especially as we played them in the most important game of last season right at the end of the season. It will be interesting to play them again so soon after that.

"I'm sure they will bring more players in and it will show us how we've worked in pre-season and where we are.

"It's also great to be at home. We love to play at White Hart Lane."

Our provisional 2010-11 fixture list in full...