Aiming for third place…Croatia coach, “It’s a great final for us and them”

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic vowed to finish third.

Croatia and Morocco are scheduled to face off against each other for the 3rd and 4th place of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 18th at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Croatia was aiming for a second consecutive World Cup final following the last tournament. But Argentina’s walls were very high. Croatia played a close game against Argentina. Coach Dalic gave Luka Modric a defensive role to block Argentina’s offensive, and ordered Messi’s exclusive mark from Yoshko Gbardiol, but in the end he could not stop Messi and lost 0-3.

Croatia, who finished in second place in the last tournament, will play the final match in this tournament aiming for third place. On the 16th, ahead of the game, Dalic attended a press conference and said, “Morocco is similar to us four years ago. They are showing unity and spirit. I think he will be my opponent.”

Coach Dalic said, “I will play the 3rd and 4th place matches like the finals.” This contrasted with the comments of Morocco coach 안전놀이터 Walid Legragui, who held a pre-press conference about an hour earlier. “The 3rd-4th place match is like an idiotic prize,” said Legragui. I’m sorry to say this. We didn’t make it to the finals after all, and we won’t win the World Cup. This is the worst game we’ve ever had to play.”

However, Dalic had a different opinion. “It’s a great final for us and for them. I really admire them. I congratulate them on what they have achieved. They were not afraid of anyone. It will be a challenging opponent. It will be a difficult match,” he congratulated and showed respect at the same time. .

Even so, he was determined to achieve the third place. Croatia challenged the World Cup stage for the first time during the 1998 World Cup in France and reached the semifinals. However, they failed to advance to the final after being defeated by France in the semifinals, and finished third by winning the third place match against the Netherlands. “Croatia won their first medal at the 1998 World Cup in France. It was an important achievement,” Dalic said.

“It’s different now. We finished second, we did more. The 1998 World Cup was important because it was the first, but tomorrow we will achieve the same and hope to repeat the feat. We are a small country, but we have achieved a lot. accomplished,” he added.