Croatian coach Slaven Bilic has laid the blame for Croatia’s poor start in qualification for the 2010 World Cup firmly at the door of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, with the former West Ham United defender claiming that Spurs’ worst start to a season for 96 years is not helping two of his key players Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka.
Modric arrived at White Hart Lane this summer in a £16.5million deal from Dinamo Zagreb and has since been joined by countryman Corluka, who made the switch to Tottenham from Manchester City.
However, while Spurs have struggled in the Premiership and stand at the foot of the table, so has Modric, with the 23-year-old playmaker not yet finding the form at the North London club, which made him a star at EURO 2008.
“I am worried about the results at Tottenham, where some of our key players are playing - defender Vedran Corluka and in particular Luka Modric,” Bilic said.
“Luka is aware the situation is not good. He is aware that more is expected of him and that he has to lead the others. One of the things we must do at team headquarters is help set him on the right road.”
The Croatian schemer, who has been struggling with a knee injury recently has conceded that his performances so far for Juande Ramos’ side have been below par and has promised to do better.
“I am not satisfied with my performances at Tottenham. I have to do better and I can do better,” he said.