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Luka's players to watch

Posted on 6 November 2008  - 12:00

Luka Modric is perfectly placed to provide the inside track on Dinamo Zagreb - and he expects a real test in tonight's UEFA Cup clash at the Lane.

Luka's players to watch

Luka Modric is perfectly placed to provide the inside track on Dinamo Zagreb - and he expects a real test in tonight's UEFA Cup clash at the Lane.

Many of the players on parade for Branko Ivankovic's side were lining up alongside Luka as Dinamo clinched another Croatian championship just a matter of months ago.

Like many people in his homeland, Luka followed the fortunes of Dinamo as a lad, joined the club aged 16 and then, after a couple of loan spells, he returned to Dinamo in late 2004 where he would become one of the leading lights in Croatian football.

Once he broke into the first team at Zagreb, there was no stopping the side as they went on to win three Prva Liga titles, one Croatian Cup and two Super Cups with Luka pulling the strings from midfield.

"Dinamo are a good team with a lot of good players and it won't be an easy game for us," he revealed. "They like to play good football and work hard as a team. They have a good mix of experienced and young players.

"The striker Mandzukic is a very good player who has a habit of doing well when he plays against the big teams and in important matches. He always seems to score, like he did in Croatia's defeat to England recently and we will need to watch him.

"Alongside him up front will be Bosko Balaban, who played for Aston Villa, and Dinamo's captain is Igor Biscan, who previously was at Liverpool. They are two players who will know all about English football and what to expect tonight. They will be telling the other players to be ready for it.

"Goalkeeper Tomislav Butina previously played for the Croatian national team and Dinamo also have some South American players like Sammir.

"It's going to be a tough match for us but I think that we have a lot of confidence in the team now and I hope that we will win the game. We certainly need to win if we want to make it through to the next round."

THIS interview will appear in full in tonight's official matchday programme - CLICK HERE to purchase programmes online...

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