Sunday , October 24 2021

Wembley will galvanize "tired" Croatia – Zlatko Dalic


Croatia is "tired" after its exciting win over Spain on Thursday, but Zlatko Dalic says playing at Wembley will inspire them.

Zlatko Dalic believes that playing at Wembley will be sufficiently motivating to ensure fatigue does not track Croatia against England in the Nations League on Sunday.

Croatia was involved in a pulsating 3-2 victory over Spain on Thursday – a result that all three teams are in the race to qualify for Group 4 in league A entering the final match.

A victory for England or Croatia would guarantee a place in the Nations League Finals, but the prospect of closure also wakes for both sides.

Dalic admits that the win over Spain took a lot of their players but is convinced to play in an arena as iconic as Wembley will give the side the elevator they need.

"We're tired," said the coach.

"Kick-off is at 14:00, which is not the best. But what can we do? We'll try to make it a spectacular day.

"I hope we can be completely fit and we can play at best.

"That was not easy [against Spain], but playing against England at Wembley means we are motivated. "

Sunday's clash is the third time the two sides will have met this year after Croatia's World Cup semi-final in Russia and the rich drag of last month's reverse Nations League fixture in Rijeka.

However, Dalic insists that rivalry is friendly and that he will not take additional action to fight forward Raheem Sterling, who ignited England's victory over Spain last month with two goals.

"Both teams know each other," he added.

"It is a positive atmosphere and rivalry on the plan. We beat them in the semifinals of the World Cup, which was the most important outcome.

"We know what we need to do. They do not just have Raheem – they have many fast players. It's a big pitch and they have strong and fast players."

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Vingar Ivan Perisic – who made Croatia equalized in his World Cup victory over Gareth Southgate men – believes his side plays to his full capacity, they will be victorious.

"It's hard to say who's favorite," he said.

"You can expect a really tight match, but if we play our best we can win the match."

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