Ex-Tottenham midfielder compared to Andrea Pirlo

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Croatia boss talks up Luka Modric.

Croatian coach Niko Kovac is delighted with the options at his disposal, so much so that he claims to have two Andrea Pirlo's in his side.

Referring to the great Italian midfielder, formerly of AC Milan and now Juventus, Kovac talked up former Tottenham Hotspur star Luka Modric in comparison.

Speaking ahead of his side's World Cup qualifiers, he told his country's press that both Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic are key to their chances.:

"With both in the field we are not too defensive, they are two great players.

"They are our Andrea Pirlo's, we are confident for the next matches."

Kovac gets a chance to see just how similar the pair are to him first hand, when Croatia face Italy next month.

Pirlo had originally intended to retire from international tournament after the World Cup, but announced after Italy's elimination he would continue, news of great delight to his former Juventus coach Antonio Conte, now in charge of the Azzurri.

29-year-old Modric is enjoying a strong season with Real Madrid, providing three assists in eight games. That's as many as he made in each of the 2009/10 and 2010/11 campaigns for Spurs across each year.

Having Cristiano Ronaldo on his team to finish off his passes, certainly helps. 

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