Luka Modric is relishing the prospect of Tottenham Hotspur qualifying for the Champions League group stages.
The Croatian midfielder signed a new six-year deal at White Hart Lane last week and knows the challenge Spurs face ahead of them, after being knocked out of the final qualifying round while at Dinamo Zagreb.
“I came off the pitch [at Manchester City] a couple of minutes before the end, and when I was on the bench everyone was so nervous, so excited. When the whistle finally went we all ran onto the pitch to celebrate together. We knew what it meant to everyone and wanted to be with our fans,” Modric told the Ham & High.
“It was an unforgettable moment for every player – for the team, the squad, for everyone. I thought at the time ‘this is a big thing for us’. If we qualify for the group stages of the Champions League I’m sure this club will go onto another level. This club deserves to play football at that level.
“With the qualifiers, you live for those types of games. They are massive games and the expectations are unbelievable. You know it’s the group stages of the Champions League if you win. It’s great to compete in those types of matches, and to play in it regularly would be brilliant for the club. I can’t wait.
“It was a fantastic season. We have a great squad, a lot of good players in every position – in fact two players vying for every position. We’ve needed that as well because the season in England is long – two cups and the Premier League, and now we’ll hopefully have the group stages of the Champions League next season to think about as well.”
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