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red_harrington Posted on 09/07/2018 22:58
Just how good is Modric
 
 
I always had him down as a good player and was surprised that Spurs let him go.

When you realise that he's played a part in all 4 of Real Madrid's Champions League victories you have to take notice.

He's one of those players like Iniesta; small and busy and gets the job done well but without loads of goals and flair.

He is the one to watch on Weds and Jordan Henderson will have his hands full.
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 09/07/2018 23:00

Just how good is Modric

 
He is a properly dangerous player, a game changer - we donít have anyone of that class Iím afraid



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Mattam Posted on 09/07/2018 23:09

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Different type and position of player but Harry Kane is definitely a similar class.
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 09/07/2018 23:11

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Yes Kane is a top class forward - I should have said midfielder



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BreakTheWallsDown Posted on 09/07/2018 23:13

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He's the best midfielder in the world.
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glover_elbow Posted on 09/07/2018 23:17

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He's a human metronome and makes the game look effortless
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CiscoKid Posted on 09/07/2018 23:20

Just how good is Modric

 
Great skill and a fantastic work ethic. Top, top player.
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red76 Posted on 09/07/2018 23:24

Just how good is Modric

 
One of the best midfielders in the world in my opinion, so clever and you hardly ever see him give the ball away, a joy to watch.
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FrozenHorse Posted on 09/07/2018 23:26

Just how good is Modric

 
I donít think you can say Spurs ďlet him goĒ when he went to Real

The big Spanish clubs get who they want; I donít think Spurs could have kept him

He is top class, but surprisingly quiet vs Denmark and Russia
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Hercules Posted on 09/07/2018 23:28

Just how good is Modric

 
Fantastic player. One rung down from a Xavi or Iniesta but probably the best midfielder in the world right now.

Itís more obvious how good he is when he plays with other top players at Madrid though. Heís not a player who is likely to hurt you all on his own.
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Mattam Posted on 09/07/2018 23:31

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This pretty much nails it. We don't have a midfielder like him but then he doesn't have the same players around him for Croatia either. Brilliant player and we need to be wary but that doesn't make them unbeatable.
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red76 Posted on 09/07/2018 23:37

Just how good is Modric

 
3 players that worry me are obviously Modric Periöić & Rakitić all very good players.
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 09/07/2018 23:43

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Yep the three red has mentioned are very dangerous indeed - definitely the ones that could win it for them




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stumpy Posted on 10/07/2018 00:01

Just how good is Modric

 
Remember his Spurs debut?
Boro 2 Spurs 0
Southgate has him in his waistcoat pocket 😊
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billyzin Posted on 10/07/2018 00:05

Just how good is Modric

 
It's 11 a side.
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Chappy112 Posted on 10/07/2018 02:51

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Unbelievable footballer, could watch him knock the ball around all day long.
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 10/07/2018 03:11

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I honestly think N'Golo Kante is the best midfielder in the world.

Modric is brilliant, sort of a harder running Iniesta who dictates tempo, pings shots from anywhere and so creative.

It's really interesting that our strengths are their big weaknesses and vice versa. We've got an unreal centre forward, set piece experts but hardly any creativity in the middle. They're terrible at set pieces and have an unreal midfield.

Big night for Hendo to keep Modric quiet and I fancy him to do it.
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UpTheBoro70 Posted on 10/07/2018 09:53

Just how good is Modric

 
Hes slow but agree makes them tick..just stick to him and put him under perssure he needs time n space to be effective.
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bear66 Posted on 10/07/2018 10:05

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Ħis breaks against Russia didn't look slow, as he seems to glide past player at speed.
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Jostler Posted on 10/07/2018 10:43

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There's a few players in that team who could hurt us, Modric,Perisic and Rakitic, but also Mandzukic, got plenty of presence about him, will keep the guys at the back busy, more so that Falcao did. It's going to be an interesting game.
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jiffy Posted on 10/07/2018 13:33

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You cant talk about Modric without including Rakitic they are a perfectly balanced combination.

At their best they destroyed Argentina. Havent really played anywhere near that good since. partly because they are sitting deeper - the 2 in a 4-2-3-1 sees them operating just in front of the back 4 - too far from the frontman.

The 2 wide men for Croatia worry me though as they could cause our wingbacks to not get forward and that is the battleground we have to win in this game - dominance of the wide positions.

Croatia weakness is the ineptitude of their front man Manzukic.
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coluka Posted on 10/07/2018 13:35

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Modric is one of the best midfielders in the world as stated. Croatia are a very strong team and should really be favourites imho.

That said, they have had 2 tough and long games to get here. They are beatable though and our spirits should be high. Modricís influence needs to be managed, but England have the team spirit to win the battle.
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jono_feds Posted on 10/07/2018 16:57

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It's easy to play up the opposition but their fans will be looking at the players we have and playing them up as well.

Forget reputations and how players play for their clubs this is completely different. If it was down to just one or two players then we'd have been watching Portugal and Argentina tomorrow night instead.

All three other teams would be nervous playing England purely by how good we are at set pieces. Every time we get a corner we look like getting a goal or drawing a penalty!
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FrozenHorse Posted on 10/07/2018 17:07

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"Croatia weakness is the ineptitude of their front man Manzukic. "

Defence isn't that strong either.
Do we know if their first choice keeper is fit yet?
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changingman Posted on 10/07/2018 17:54

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Always blown away by his movement. As mentioned above makes the game look easy and seemingly goes unnoticed by opposition players despite popping up in dangerous areas frequently. Incredibly intelligent player.

I think Southgate will be seriously considering asking someone to go through him within the first 10 mins tomorrow night.
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Borobornandbred Posted on 10/07/2018 21:46

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I always thought Gerrard was one of the top top world midfielders...
Then that night of the Wally with the Brolly when Modric destroyed him I realised there was a level above.
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dragged_up_in_whinneybanks Posted on 10/07/2018 21:47

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Not Southgateís way unfortunately. I would put MacGuire on him and tell him to do Sergio Ramos on Modric within the first 10 minutes
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dragged_up_in_whinneybanks Posted on 11/07/2018 05:35

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Not Southgateís way unfortunately. I would put MacGuire on him and tell him to do Sergio Ramos on Modric within the first 10 minutes.
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HolgateCorner Posted on 11/07/2018 07:50

Just how good is Modric

 
Iíll be keeping a close eye on Modric tonight, I think he needs to do quite a lot more at this World Cup to justify the big build up some on here are giving him.

I thought he looked tired in his last match.
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fungus Posted on 11/07/2018 08:13

Just how good is Modric

 
Not impressed so far.
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SouthlondonSmog Posted on 11/07/2018 12:29

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According to Jorge Valdano....

Link: ....this good
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The_same_as_before Posted on 11/07/2018 12:47

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He looked tired in their last game
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Jonny_Ingbar Posted on 11/07/2018 16:32

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Brilliant player, but I don't think he's hit top gear in the tournament yet.

Together with Rakatic the only ones who would clearly get in the England team imho.
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Archie_Stevens_Can_Fly Posted on 11/07/2018 16:49

Just how good is Modric

 
Over 30 and just played the two most difficult and exhausting games of his career in one week.

Bring the ghoulish midget on.
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HezBurra Posted on 11/07/2018 17:33

Just how good is Modric

 
He is a great player undoubetdly one of the best midfielders in the world. But, as stated he has looked tired and i think, if your midfield is mobile and you make him work for every inch of space he may find it hard to have a signififcant impact and he may wane as the second half progresses. I know its easier said than done mind but thats how is see our best chance of success, pressure him and Rakitic constantly for the first 60 minutes a slong as we can keep our shape, so maybe start with delph and Hednerson and then maybe look to strectch the game for the last half an hour bringing ali or loftus cheek on.
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festa5 Posted on 11/07/2018 18:19

Just how good is Modric

 
I think he's brilliant. However, he's a playmaker. To be at his most effective he needs better players alongside him than Croatia have.

Still dangerous though.

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bear66 Posted on 11/07/2018 18:28

Just how good is Modric

 
"I thought he looked tired in his last match."

He made three fast breaks past players into the penalty area. Hopefully there'll be three less tonight.
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big-eggo Posted on 11/07/2018 21:58

Just how good is Modric

 
did not look tired tonight. Got better as the game went on and got their midfield well on top in the end.
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red_harrington Posted on 11/07/2018 22:33

Just how good is Modric

 
He had a poor game tonight by his standards, passes going astray and not a great deal of influence.
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reverb64 Posted on 11/07/2018 22:44

Just how good is Modric

 
I can think of only 2 passes going astray and he made up for one of them tackling back.
He makes everything look so easy he is that good.
Real Madrid only buy the best and he is one of the best.
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hopesoboro Posted on 11/07/2018 22:48
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Just how good is Modric

 
Gawd,if Modric had a poor game, I hope Boro have plenty of poor games next season!
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Cork_Boro Posted on 11/07/2018 23:26

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In one sentence, he's as good a midfielder playing the game anywhere right now. Player of the tournament for me.
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borolad259 Posted on 11/07/2018 23:27

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Modric was the main difference tonight.
Class.
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cincinnati_reds Posted on 11/07/2018 23:34

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Brilliant player. You wouldn't last 6 years and counting in the Real Madrid midfield if you're not a brilliant footballer.

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Johnny_X Posted on 11/07/2018 23:42

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Was he that good ? He basically walked round the last 30 mins he was on the pitch. Gave the foul away we scored from. I like him as as player but he past his best Perisic was the best player for them.
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r00fie1 Posted on 11/07/2018 23:42

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Hes OK but getting old and slow.
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hopesoboro Posted on 11/07/2018 23:46

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Still not replaced that slate Roofie?!
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jam69 Posted on 12/07/2018 00:01

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great player, a joy to watch
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