Croatia Coach Dalic Admits Lucky Win Vs Russia, Eager To Unleash Powerful Team In Semi-Final Vs England

Croatia Coach Dalic Admits Lucky Win Vs Russia, Eager To Unleash Powerful Team In Semi-Final Vs England

Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic has hailed his players for their impressive showing and a win against hosts Russia in their Saturday’s 2018 World Cup quarter-final clash at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Croatia won the explosive match 4-3 on penalties after it ended 2-2 in 120 minutes.

“Congratulations to my lads but also to the Russia team, who fought well. This was not a beautiful game, it was a fight, a battle for the semi-final. We were lucky,” Dalic said after the match.

“I was concentrated throughout the match but after Rakitic’s penalty, it came bursting out of me. I felt really relieved. We made ourselves happy but we also made everybody back home in Croatia happy. Those emotions just burst out of me. I don’t cry often but now I have a good cause: Croatia are in the semi-finals. This is a great success and a great result.”

Dalic would also pick up the gauntlet ahead Croatia’s semi-final clash with England on Wednesday.

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He said: “Of course, there is some power left for the English. We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game. We have two matches to play and we are very motivated. We’re giving our all. It will be a battle again but I trust us, I have belief in us.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 4
  • Hope this our dull coach is listoning.

    1)self belief,
    2)after had fought still uptimistic playing of final…. but if it is a person in this country he be thinking of quiting and spew rubbish like dis nigeria has not gotten to dis stage, and we are first africa side, we have tried our best. so it wil be good if we are beaten here. becuz england are ranked ahead of us. becuz they have players like dele alli, rashford, kane, vardy, sterling, gary cahill.

    Is it wen diz coach quit us out from round of 16 again bfore he wil be sack? wit his unending mistakes.

  • Hope this our dull coach is listoning.

    1)self belief,
    2)after had fought still uptimistic playing of final…. but if it is a person in this country, he be thinking of quiting, and spew rubbish like dis nigeria has not gotten to dis stage, and we are first africa side, we have tried our best. so it wil be good if we are beaten here. becuz england are ranked ahead of us. becuz they have players like dele alli, rashford, kane, vardy, sterling, gary cahill, Stone. we stil dont have a coach.

    Is it wen diz coach quit us out from round of 16 again bfore he wil be sack? wit his unending mistakes.

    • @Oluwa
      GR has no self-confidence at the world stage. He is timid and afraid. This has rubbed off on our players. Very unfortunate. Have you ever seen him barking out instructions to the players? Contrast his behaviour with other coaches in Russia or even with SK when he won the AFCON in 2013. The French coach made tactical changes in 92nd minute!! If Rohr had done that we would have drawn Argentina and progressed. Rohr is a big draw-back to Nigerian football.

  • @Achi me nd u dey go desame point na.

    We all fight against desame lucifer at super eagle which is gernot rohr.