Modric stated that the time had come for things to change after Croatia’s three defeats and one draw against Brazil. Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s coach, would have preferred a thrilling final to their World Cup last-eight matchup with Brazil, the five-time champions, but his team is ready to change the record with their first victory over the heavy favorites.
Dalic said it didn’t matter that they hadn’t won against Brazil on four previous occasions because Friday’s match was like their final against France four years ago, in which they lost 4-2. He said at a news conference on Thursday, “I believe that this match will be the most demanding one.” It is comparable to the previous World Cup final against France.
A formidable opponent and a formidable test for us. At these two World Cups, we have lost one of our 11 matches. Although life is such, I wish this match had come a little later and waited for us later (in the tournament). “Croatia is a little nation and getting a charge out of progress in two World Cups. Dalic stated, “We managed to reach this stage, but we are ambitious and do not want to remain here.”
Dalic claims that despite having 18 new players in the squad since 2018, Croatia is still somewhat unproven. Brazil has been one of the most exciting teams to watch in Qatar. This time, only a few of their previous veterans are included, led by captain Luka Modric, who is 37 years old.
“Eighteen brand-new players withdrew from the 2018 World Cup. Time is needed for growth and maturation. Dalic stated, “Our success to be one of the eight best teams is tremendous.” Tomorrow presents an excellent opportunity for them to demonstrate their worth at the World Cup. We want to do more, and if we are successful, it would be amazing.
If it were the final, it would be better. Modric stated that the time had come for things to change after Croatia’s three defeats and one draw against Brazil. We have faced Brazil numerous times, but we have never prevailed over them. “I hope we can change the tradition,” he stated.
“We are about to play the greatest World Cup match. They are always favorites, but given what they did here, they deserve to be one of the favorites. They are one of the biggest favorites.
We only have a chance if we play our best game. Reaching the quarterfinals should not be enough for us, he said.