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 Transfer Window Live July 28

 

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal takes on Nathaniel Clyne but should either be in your fantasy team?  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Having problems making that £100m Fantasy Premier League kitty stretch? Finding yourself stuck with Diego Poyet instead of Diego Costa? Then read the first of our fantasy football season previews.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Kanu and Thierry Henry both made transfer moves during this week in years gone by but how many of these deals do you remember? (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger made one of the best signings in his managerial career, two Dutch internationals arrived for lengthy Premier League stays and Tottenham splashed £15m on a Blackburn winger during this week in years gone by.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Andriy Yarmolenko of Dynamo Kyiv ia challenged by Gareth Barry of Everton,  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko is in talks with Tottenham, according to reports in the Ukraine.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Clinton N'Jie of Lyon (Photo by Kaz Photography/Getty Images)

All the latest news and transfer rumours from our London clubs as we enter the final month of the window.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more