Modric confident Croatia can match Germany
Luka Modric is confident Croatia will rise to the challenge when they face Germany in their second Group B game on Thursday.
The Tottenham-bound midfielder scored the only goal from the penalty spot as Croatia beat co-hosts Austria in their opening match but Germany promise to provide their toughest group game in Klagenfurt.
"I love the big challenges and I play better when under pressure," he said. "The match against Germany is exactly what I like.
"We have a lot of self-confidence, and despite the poor second half against Austria, I'm convinced that we can do well against Germany."
Modric admitted his own performance was below-par during the second half, along with the rest of the team, and he also suffered a strained tendon, which ruled him out of training on Monday.
But coach Slaven Bilic confirmed the 22-year-old is fit to face Germany, stressing just how important he is to Croatia's hopes of Euro glory.
"Modric is OK," he said. "He received a knock against Austria but he will be ready for Germany.
"He's a type of player who can play anywhere in the midfield, up front or more defensively. He's our best player - without him we would be half of what we are.
"I told him that I expect him to be the best player at the tournament," Bilic added. "Not to put more weight on his shoulders but because I mean it.
"Modric is a calm player and very mature for his age. That's why he's our penalty taker."