Harry Winks admits it was a special momen to face Modrić

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 17: Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur is fouled by Casemiro of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 17, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The youngster played against his idol on Tuesday as Spurs clinched a 1-1 draw against Madrid at the Bernabéu.

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks admitted it was a special moment for him to line up against Luka Modrić, whom he has been looking up to from the Croatian’s time at the north London club.

The England international was still a young talent when Modrić played for Tottenham Hotspur before joining Los Blancos in 2012. However, the youngster did impress in his official Champions League debut for Spurs, despite playing against his boyhood idol.

“When I was coming through the academy at a young age, he was someone I always used to watch at White Hart Lane,” said Winks, according to IndependentUK. “I still admire him to this day – he’s a fantastic, world-class player. To play against him was special.

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“Him and [Toni] Kroos, they are two world-class players, players I look up to, so when you go on the pitch with them it’s easy to get a little bit daunted by it.

“But I try to take all that away from it, treat it like any normal game and just go for them as I would any other player. Being on the pitch with them, you realise their quality and just how good they are.”

Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are currently sharing the first place in Group H as both clubs have seven points and a goal difference of five.