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Tottenham's Luka Modric: We'll go to Manchester City with a positive frame of mind and try to win

The 26-year-old Croatian is looking forward to a game that could have a significant bearing on who wins the Premier League title, while Michael Dawson has praised Gareth Bale

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric is looking for all three points when his side play Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday and insists that his team aren't going there to just sit back and defend.

The Blues are five points ahead of Spurs at the top of the table and a home defeat will open up the title race once more, giving both Harry Redknapp's men and neighbours Manchester United a chance to make further ground.

City and Spurs have contested fourth spot over the last couple of seasons but a win for either side on Sunday could prove a significant boost to their title aspirations.

Modric told Spurs' official club website: "It's a great game. In the last two seasons, we've played in massive games there.

"I hope we'll do well and maybe win - why not? We will go there in a positive frame of mind and try to win. We do that against every opponent."

Elsewhere at White Hart Lane, Michael Dawson has praised team-mate Gareth Bale after he was the only Premier League player in users' Team of the Year for 2011.

He said: "There are some world-class players in that team and he's in there on merit, amongst the best.

"Gaz is actually quite a quiet lad. He's not someone who goes around shouting and screaming, he gets on with his job and he's not changed as a person from when he wasn't playing regularly a couple of years ago to now.

"He comes in, gets on his with work and works hard every day.

"He's such a naturally fit lad, energy to burn and the quality and consistency of his performances mean he deserves to be rated right up there.

"As I've said many times before when I've been asked about him, on his day, he's unstoppable.

"No one here is surprised to see how well he's done.

"He signed for us back in 2007, when he was still developing and it took him a while to come on, but now it seems he's been around for years.

"People forget he's only 22. He's still young and I'm sure there is more to come."