Stoke midfielder excited by upcoming battle with Spurs star

18:10 09 June 2012

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan (left) in action

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Glenn Whelan is hoping to be on the winning side against Luka Modric again

Stoke star Glenn Whelan is relishing the prospect of the midfield tussle with Tottenham counterpart in Poznan tomorrow.

The Potters picked up four points against Spurs last season and the Republic of Ireland international is hoping to take this form to international level.

“I’ve done okay,” Whelan said when asked about previous encounters with the Spurs star.

“We beat them at our place this year and they scored a last-minute equaliser at their place.

“I did okay against him. It’s not just about me and him. It’s the team. Against Stoke in the last few years, we’ve done really well. There was talk of Modric going for £30-40million last summer and this summer. He’s done very, very well. But I’ll put myself against him and try to match him.

“He’s one of them that if you give him time and space he’ll hurt you. If you don’t get tight and he can see a pass, he’ll pick that pass out.

“It’s goal-scoring opportunities with the passes he can see. When we played them in a friendly, he played a different role to the way he played for Spurs so it’s something we’ll have to deal with.

“But it’s not just Modric, Croatia have got other players as well. It’s something for me.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Tottenham news

Friday, September 4, 2015
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini (Laurence Griffiths/Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Manchester City possess the Premier League’s most expensive squad, according to a new study.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has opened up about Erik Lamela’s failed deadline day move from Tottenham.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Manager of Crystal Palace Alan Pardew   (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Crystal Palace will finish fifth in the Premier League this season.

Friday, September 4, 2015
Football mascots from the UK in action (Photo by Mike Finn-Kelcey/Getty Images)

Try our mascot quiz, featuring some of the strangest characters in all of football.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more