Euro 2020: Croatian Dalic says he can’t please everyone
Croatian players excluded from the starting line-up in their Euro 2020 Group D matches must agree to be in the pecking order and be ready to play a role, said coach Zlatko Dalic after reaching the last 16 .
2018 World Cup finalists Croatia advanced to the round of 16 of the tournament with a 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday and they will face Group E finalists on Monday for a quarterfinal spot final.
Dalic, who tinkered with his first eleven and came under intense pressure after the first 1-0 defeat to England and a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic, admitted reaching the next round was a huge relief.
“It will be a lot easier now, but we have to keep our feet on the ground and avoid getting euphoric after a good game,” Dalic said at a press conference at the Croatian base camp in Rovinj, on the Adriatic coast of the Balkan nation on Wednesday.
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“We have to learn from the three group matches because the first two were poor. We have to forget about the good game against the Scots because we don’t want to stop there.”
“We have a very solid roster, we haven’t had one like this in a while. But I can’t please everyone. It’s normal that the players excluded from the top eleven are not happy, I would be disappointed if they were.
“Substitutes can add energy and change the course of a game at any time. But there are no divisions within the squad, all of these rumors are false because the players understand that no one else is. is above the team. “
Attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic, who put on a desperate figure after coming in as a substitute in the first two games, took home the man of the match award with a fine performance against the Scots, including scoring the opening goal of Croatia.
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Center-back Dejan Lovren will miss the round of 16 with suspension after receiving his second yellow card of the tournament against Scotland, but Dalic has a suitable replacement in Duje Caleta-Car who started against England.
“Our confidence has increased now that we have achieved our main goal of making it through the group stage. We will take it one game at a time now, but we believe we have a right to think big,” added the 54-year-old. years. coach.