Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic insists that his team still has plenty of energy left to face England in the semifinal of the World cup after they defeated Russia on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
England moved into the semis after beating Sweden 2-0 with the help of goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli and will face Croatia on Wednesday.
“Congrats to my lads but also to Russia who fought well,” Dalic said after the match.
“This wasn’t a beautiful game but a fight. A battle for the semis. We were lucky, thank God. I was concentrated throughout, but after Rakitic’s penalty we made not only ourselves happy but also everybody back home in Croatia. I don’t cry often but now I have good cause. Croatia are in the semis. This is a great result.”
“We have power left for England. We won’t want to stop. We will try to play our best. We have two matches to play. We are very motivated. We are giving our all. It will be a battle again but I believe in us.”
“They breezed past Sweden. They were better. They are young and alive. Attacking team. But there are no favourites in this World Cup. It’s all 50-50. You have to fight it out. The favourites are home now. Those who work hard and organised are still here in Russia. This is the character of the teams remaining.”