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Luka's work of vaart

Posted on 25 November 2010  - 12:00

Luka Modric said he took a leaf out of Rafa van der Vaart's book to put us in control against Werder Bremen and on our way to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Luka's work of vaart

Luka Modric said he took a leaf out of Rafa van der Vaart's book to put us in control against Werder Bremen and on our way to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Croatian playmaker capped an outstanding performance with a wonderful goal to double our lead against the Bundesliga side just before half-time at White Hart Lane.

Luka was in the right place at the right time to latch onto Peter Crouch's knockdown from Alan Hutton's cross, turn inside Sebastien Prodl and volley home.

It was a familiar sight for home fans - 'Crouchy' has set up five of Rafa's goals in exactly the same way this season, all at the Lane!

It was also a personal milestone for Luka - his first goal in the Champions League as we remained top of Group A on goal difference from Inter Milan with one match remaining.

"I've learned a little from Rafa and Crouchy," beamed Luka afterwards.

"Rafa has scored a lot of goals from Crouchy in those areas and I expected Crouchy to win the ball and flick it towards me.

"I then beat one player with a dummy and was able to score.

"I'm very happy because it's my first goal in the Champions League and that means a lot. It's a great feeling."

Luka's movement and clever passing, linking up in particular with Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale in the wide areas, caused all sorts of problems for the German side.

But he wasn't interested in any personal plaudits - just the fact that we won and went through to the last 16.

"The most important thing was to win and to qualify for the knockout stages, simple as that," he added.

"It's a fantastic achievement for the club, the supporters, the players, the manager, everyone.

"We were excellent again and we just have to keep it going."