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


Live Blog Deadline Day Sept 1st

 

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Read the latest stories and rumours from around London as our Premier League managers wheel and deal.

Join our writers in our live blog all day as we discuss the latest London stories and rumours on deadline day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Tottenham's Erik Lamela (Richard Sellers/PA Wire)

Erik Lamela will remain a Tottenham player after Mauricio Pochettino reportedly prevented the winger from moving to Marseille.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor in action (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Slaven Bilic has reportedly held talks with Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor over a deadlind-day move to West Ham.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Axel Witsel of FC Zenit St. Petersburg (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Tottenham will be forced to stump up an incredible €100 million (£72.8m) fee if they want to sign Axel Witsel.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

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
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more