Luka Modric plays down battle with Christian Eriksen


Luka Modric has made it very clear he’s got nothing but respect for his rival Christian Eriksen, and added that he only has good things to say about the creative star.

Modric’s Croatia face Denmark tonight and if either Modric or Eriksen have a stunning game, the chances are it will be their side who goes through, and after comparisons between the two and questions over who is better, Modric moved to calm the storm, and made it all about the team – and not the individual.

Standard Sport report he said: “I don’t like to compare players, particularly to compare others with myself.

“What I can say about Eriksen is he’s a fantastic player, a world-class player. He’s played a fantastic season at Tottenham. He’s the most important player for Denmark.

“What will decide the game will be how the teams perform as teams.

“No individual can do it on their own. Individuals can dictate certain incidents but the most important thing is how we perform as a team on the pitch.”

KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Luka Modric of Croatia celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Huge chance

Modric made it clear that it’s a massive chance for them to progress in the World Cup, and live up to the Golden Generation tag they’ve been given by their fans at home.

This tournament, they’ve looked one of the most complete sides, and certainly a side who can go into the latter stages – with their squad taking the praise and being solid, while having special players who can break through tough defences, and they’re going to need that again against Denmark.

Modric added: “Of course, this is an important game for us.

“We’ve played fantastically in the group stage, we must be proud of that, but this new game makes us forget all that went before and try to translate what we’ve already done to Sunday’s game.

“It will be a stern test for us.

“It is high time this generation cleared this obstacle. I expect us to be capable of doing that.”

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