38 year old Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes currently plays for Watford, from 2008 to 2014 he was a member of Tottenham Hotspur and from 2008 to 2012 he was a teammate of Croatian national team captain Luka Modrić. In an interview with ESPN in Brazil he told an interesting story that describes Modrić as a player.
“Luka Modrić was always different. Coach Redknapp did not want to play a ball possession game. I received instructions to get the ball and shoot it way ahead to Peter Crouch. When I came here, I had problems in adjusting because of this,” said Heurelho Gomes.
“I arrived from Brazil, where football based on technique is played, I also played in the Netherlands, where they also play football based on technique and goalkeepers generally distribute the ball on the ground. In Tottenham it was different. If I wanted to pay the ball, and not just shoot it ahead, the coach would get angry,” said the Watford keeper and continued:
“Modrić would often come to me and say: “Don’t shoot the ball way ahead. Pass it to me and I will take care of it.” I would do that and he kept his word – he would never lose the ball,” said Gomes explaining Modrić’s football greatness.
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