Croatia coach Dalic on being simply better than England

Croatia coach Dalic on being simply better than England

Croatia coach Dalic on being simply better than England

Their quarter-final exit on penalties to Croatia, among the most skilled teams here, on Saturday was further proof that Russian Federation never meant to just playing along. "And physical preparation. If the player is not in good physical shape, he will not play well in a World Cup", he told ESPN.

Modric, along with Mario Mandzukic, are the 32-year-olds who have propelled Croatia to its first major soccer final.

The Golden Ball, won by Lionel Messi in 2014, is the award given to the best player in the World Cup and Croatia striker Mandzukic believes his teammate should definitely be a frontrunner due to his performances in Russian Federation so far.

"And like I said they should be more humble and respect more opponents".

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic answers a question during a news a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said Modric deserves to win the Ballon d'Or if they win Sunday's final, describing his team-mate as the "best midfield player in the world". But it did not quite work out as planned.

As a coach, he led France to the Euro 2016 final, losing to Portugal. "We were left to only hit long balls".

Preparation for Croatia is minimal given the turnaround as recovery becomes paramount, with players balancing switching off and refocusing in remote Repino. "That's not our style".

Croatia defeated England in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium by 2-1 in extra-time to reach their first-ever FIFA World Cup final.

"He is very dedicated to football", Croatian federation president Davor Suker said, "and we gave him the chance". That's football. Only football can make all Croatians go out into the streets.

"The match against Russian Federation is yet another victory of our character". "We showed how calm and self-confident we are".

The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions", England's official song when it hosted the 1996 European Championship, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home" has hit No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos charts with more than 2 million views on the day of England's last match.

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