Luka eyes 'biggest game'
Luka Modric ranks Wednesday's showdown at City as ‘probably the biggest club game' of his career so far.
Luka Modric ranks Wednesday night's showdown at City as ‘probably the biggest club game' of his career so far.
A treble title-winner with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, Luka played in the Champions League for his former club and will now play a key role as we try to reach that stage ourselves for the first time by finishing fourth in the Premier League.
We travel to Eastlands sitting in that coveted fourth place a point ahead of City with just two matches remaining. We travel to Burnley for the season's finale on Sunday while City go to West Ham.
"It's a big game, probably the biggest club game I've played because the Champions League is at stake," said the midfield playmaker.
"We managed an important win against Bolton, City had a great win against Villa and this is probably the game of the season.
"In fact not probably, it's definitely the game of the season for both us and them."
Luka pulled the strings in central midfield in our memorable back-to-back wins against Arsenal and Chelsea at the Lane and returned to that central role for Bolton on Saturday.
On this occasion his central midfeld partner Tom Huddlestone produced the key moment with a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top corner to secure a 1-0 win.
"It was an unbelievable goal, a great strike," reflected Luka. "He does it all the time in training. We needed it as well. Perhaps it was always going to be a goal like that from long range that opened up the game.
"It wasn't an easy game because the pressure was on to win but we still created good chances and could have scored more.
"But we scored one goal - an excellent goal - and that was enough."
Luka says we've every reason to be confident as we prepare for the big one.
"We've played City three times since I've been here and won all three matches, including 3-0 here earlier in the season," he added.
"It is such a big game and I'm sure it will be a joy to play in it. We have a great team with so many quality players and I'm sure we can go there and do well again."