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Mateo Kovacic has admitted he’s looking forward to play against his Croatia International teammate Luka Modric.
Chelsea is set to face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final second-leg on Tuesday (April 12th).
The Spanish side took a 1-3 victory over the Blues at Stamford Bridge on April 6th in the first leg.
Ahead of the game, the midfielder spoke to media alongside coach Thomas Tuchel:
“It’s difficult to stop Modric because he’s an amazing player.
“He was always as good as he is now. As I’ve known him for the last five, six, seven years, he’s on the same level, which is amazing.
“Obviously, he’s Croatian and I admired him when I was a child as he played for my favourite club, which was Dinamo Zagreb.
“Now as we’ve become friends, I admire him even more.
“So, a great person, a great player, and I’m looking forward to playing against him again tomorrow.” Kovacic stated.