Monday 18 December 2017

Modric eyes joy on road

Luka Modric insists Tottenham cannot be considered genuine Premier League title contenders until they carry their home form into away matches.

Midfielder Modric believes Spurs' rivals are now scared of coming to White Hart Lane and urged his team-mates to make themselves just as terrifying a prospect on the road.

"We are very good, especially at home," said Modric, whose inspirational run set up Spurs' equaliser against Liverpool on Sunday.

"We are struggling away, but if we can improve that part of our game, we will be big contenders for the title. We have great spirit; we never give up. We always fight to the last minute.

"We never lose confidence when we're losing; we know we can come back."

Injuries slightly took the gloss off what was Spurs' fifth league victory from a losing position this season.

Rafael van der Vaart lasted less than 12 minutes of his return from an ankle knock before being forced off with a suspected torn hamstring, while Younes Kaboul followed before half-time with what the defender felt was a torn hip muscle.

The imminent return of Michael Dawson should soften the blow if Kaboul is ruled out for any length of time, however.

Irish Independent

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