Luka Modrić (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) Luka Modrić (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

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.

Source: HRT