Luka Modric: Everyone’s scared of facing Spurs at White Hart Lane
LUKA Modric believes that Tottenham have created a fear factor around White Hart Lane, with rival teams now feeling scared when they travel to north London.
And the Croatia international feels that an improvement in Spurs’ away form will turn the Lilywhites, who travel to Birmingham on Saturday, into genuine title contenders.
“I think teams will be scared of us, we are very good – especially at home. We are struggling away a bit, but if we can improve that part of our game we will be contenders for the title,” said Modric.
Spurs’ 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday was the fifth time this season that they have come from behind to win, following similar heroics against Wolves, Aston Villa, Fulham and Arsenal.
Add the 1-1 draw after Tottenham had trailed to Everton last month, and Harry Redknapp’s side have banked an incredible 16 points from losing positions this campaign.
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“That shows that we have great spirit, we never give up, we always fight until the last minute and we’ve shown that again against Liverpool,” said Modric.
“It’s really good to know that even if we’re down then we can come back. We never lose confidence when we’re losing, we know that we can come back. We’ve shown that many times this year.
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“We get that from the manager but also the players need to believe - the manager can believe but if the players don’t believe it’s hard to do that. We have great confidence now, and we just need to carry on.”
The victory over Roy Hodgson’s Reds brought Tottenham their fourth win in a row, following victories over Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal and Werder Bremen.
Tottenham initially trailed to a first-half Martin Skrtel goal on Sunday, but hit back as Skrtel diverted Modric’s cross into his own net, and Spurs grabbed all three points in injury-time thanks to a late Aaron Lennon goal.
“My goal was an own goal but it was a great result for us, we showed big character,” said Modric. “I think Liverpool were a little bit better in the first half, we started the game a bit sloppily, but also we had some chances in the first half.
“In the second half we started much much better and when we scored that goal it lifted us up and we played better and better. We showed great character and Azza [Lennon] scored a great goal. It’s a great result for us and a great week.”