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Luka's target

Luka Modric is targeting top spot in Group A of the Champions League.

Luka Modric is targeting top spot in Group A of the Champions League.

We go into the final match of the group stages at Dutch champions FC Twente tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 7) sitting proudly top of the group and with qualification for the knockout stages secured.

But Luka, his team-mates and management alike are all looking to end the group stages on a high by taking pole position from Inter Milan.

We’re currently level on points with Inter and have to match or better their result at Werder Bremen to take top spot.

If we manage to do so, we’ll be seeded for last 16 draw, where the eight group winners are drawn against the eight runners-up, with the added benefit of playing the away leg first.

So Luka knows there is plenty to play for in Enschede.

“We just need to carry on, to try and beat Twente because if you finish first in the group, you can have a better draw,” said Luka, in fine form in central midfield. “We know it’s not easy, but it’s important to try to finish first.

“It’s been a great experience for us, the first time in the Champions League for a lot of players.

“We are playing great football and everyone likes to watch us because we play to score more goals than our opponents and everyone enjoys that.

“We just go onto the pitch with confidence, big belief and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re doing so well at the moment.”


Eight of the 16 teams in the draw - those that won their sections in the group stage - are seeded, with the eight runners-up unseeded.

The runners-up are drawn first and play the first-leg matches at home.

They cannot be paired with either the winners from their section or clubs from the same association.