Real Madrid's Luka Modric backing Tottenham to win Premier League
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes his former club Tottenham can win the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino.
The two sides drew 1-1 in the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, with the result leaving them level on seven points at the top of Group H.
Tottenham, meanwhile, sit third in the Premier League, and Modric, who played at White Hart Lane between 2008 and 2012, is backing Pochettino's side to eventually win a first English title since 1961.
Asked by talkSPORT if Spurs could become champions of England under Pochettino, Modric said: "I think so. If they continue in this way, why not? The Premier League is a strong league with so many great teams -- a lot of great games -- and it's not easy. But they are there and I wish them all the best. I would like to see them win the title.
"He [Pochettino] is doing an amazing job at Tottenham. Tottenham, since I left, is improving as a club in all aspects -- on the pitch, outside they have a new training ground, a new stadium is coming. They are investing a lot.
"Two years in a row they are close to winning the title in the Premier League, which in the past was not the case. I am happy to see Tottenham improving and fighting for the Premier League title."
Modric's Madrid teammate Toni Kroos, meanwhile, says he is wary of the threat posed by Tottenham and the rest of the English clubs in this season's Champions League.
Madrid became the first club to win back-to-back Champions League titles when beating Juventus in last season's final and they are aiming to make it three in a row this term.
Asked about Madrid's chances of an historic treble, Kroos told reporters: "It's been difficult the last two years. What I can promise is we will try everything to do this again but there are many good teams around us so it's going to be difficult.
"Every year, it's Barcelona, you have great English teams, you have Bayern Munich. A lot of clubs want to win the Champions League.
"It's crazy that we did it back-to-back -- that never happens -- so this is a very good and very difficult way to defend the title."
Modric and Kroos were both speaking at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony after being two of five Madrid players named in the 2017 FIFPro XI.
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.