Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic joined Luka Modric in accusing the English press of underestimating his workforce forward of their World Cup semi-final win over the Three Lions – then confirmed his confidence in his gamers by naming the beginning line-up for Friday’s Nations League assembly between the 2 sides.
England tackle Croatia in Rijeka on Friday evening simply 93 days on from last-four heartbreak in Russia as Dalic oversaw a 2-1 extra-time victory.
After the sport in Moscow, golden ball winner Modric hit out at journalists and pundits for writing off Croatia, who went on to lose to France within the remaining.
The Actual Madrid midfielder repeated these claims as he spoke on the eve of the sport at Stadion HNK Rijeka – a match that shall be performed behind closed doorways.
And Dalic adopted swimsuit when requested about Modric’s feedback as he addressed the gathered media.
“I’d agree with Luka that we felt a bit of underestimated by the English media, not the top coach or the gamers,” he stated.
“There’s all the time a stage of respect between the groups. You all the time must respect your opponent but in addition have a self-belief in your workforce and your prospects.”
Modric had earlier stated that the perceived disrespect the Croatia gamers felt was an extra incentive to achieve the semi-final.
“Once I stated that after the sport, it wasn’t meant to be the gamers or the top coach however extra regarding the media and a few commentary we may learn or watch,” he stated.
“We felt a bit disrespected, not appreciated as a lot as we deserve. It was further motivation for our workforce, even in a World Cup semi-final if you don’t want further motivation. That’s how we felt. That’s how I felt.”
Dalic felt assured sufficient in his workforce to get a outcome from Friday’s Nations League assembly that he then reeled off his beginning XI for the sport, which comes on the again of a 6-Zero thrashing by the hands of Spain in the identical competitors final month.
“Now we have some damage points,” he stated. “A number of gamers who can’t play tomorrow, so we have to provide you with the absolute best options.
“Now we have (Andrej) Kramaric and (Ante) Rebic obtainable, who weren’t with us final month in opposition to Portugal and Spain.
“I can let you know the line-up: Livakovic in aim, Lovren and Vida on the again, Jedvaj and Pivaric at full-back. Kovacic, Rakitic and Modric. Perisic, Rebic and Kramaric as forwards.
“I feel it’s a extremely good line-up. We will carry out nicely tomorrow.”
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