Croatia coach says Argentina under greater pressure at World Cup | World Cup

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has insisted that Argentina are under greater pressure than his group heading into their World Cup semifinal conflict in Qatar and spoke of his group’s “energy of character” as key to their advance by the match.

Croatia — within the semifinals for a second consecutive World Cup — continued preparations for his or her Tuesday-night showdown in opposition to Argentina with a coaching session at their match base in Al Ersal on Monday.

“It’s a good thing to be among the many 4 greatest nationwide groups for 2 World Cups in a row. Nevertheless, we would like extra,” Dalic informed reporters.

“We’re taking part in the nice Argentina — a terrific group led by Lionel Messi. They’re extremely motivated, however they’re below better stress than Croatia at this specific second in time,” he stated.

“We’ve analysed our opponent. We all know how they play. We all know the place they need to take the sport, and we’re making ready for them,” he added.

Croatia's head coach Zlatko Dalic arrives for a press conference on the eve of the 2022 World Cup semifinal.
Croatia’s head coach Zlatko Dalic arrives for a press convention on December 12, 2022, the eve of the World Cup semifinal match between Croatia and Argentina [Petr David Josek/AP Photo]

Dalic said his team was ready to take on the Argentinians, and his squad’s ability and “energy of character” had carried them to the semifinals and he hoped it might take them additional.

“We will not adapt to our opponent an excessive amount of. We all know their strengths and weaknesses, however will proceed to play our personal sport, and I hope it would yield the best consequence,” he stated.

The semifinal match at Lusail Iconic Stadium will pit two of the best to put on a quantity 10 jersey in opposition to one another, with Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 35, and Croatia’s Luka Modric, 37, vying to be topped champion for the primary time at what’s prone to be their ultimate World Cup appearances.

Argentina's Lionel Messi in action
Argentina’s Lionel Messi in motion throughout the Argentina vs Australia match at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar, on December 3, 2022 [Bernadett Szabo/Reuters]
Croatia's Luka Modric in action
Croatia’s Luka Modric in motion with Japan’s Junya Ito at Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar, on December 5, 2022 [Lee Smith/Reuters]

Stamina and psychological endurance will likely be essential to success on the pitch.

Croatia and Argentina went by additional time and penalties of their quarterfinal victories over Brazil and Netherlands, whereas seven of the eighth knockout video games Croatia performed over the past 4 main worldwide tournaments have gone to additional time, with the 4-2 defeat to France within the ultimate of the 2018 World Cup the one exception because it concluded in 90 minutes.

‘They’ll make issues difficult’

Argentina additionally educated on Monday, and Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni stated his group expects a troublesome sport in opposition to Croatia.

Argentina can even be with out two gamers due to suspension: left-back Marcos Acuña and right-back Gonzalo Montiel. Acuña is the larger miss, having impressed since coming into the group after the gorgeous loss to Saudi Arabia within the group stage, and he’s seemingly to get replaced by Tagliafico.

“We count on a troublesome match and it’s in opposition to a very good group. They’re a correct group they usually play as a group,” Scaloni informed reporters in a pre-match convention in Doha on Monday.

“They’ll make issues difficult for us,” Scaloni stated.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni attends a press conference at the Main Media Centre, Doha, Qatar.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni attends a press convention on the Fundamental Media Centre, Doha, Qatar, on December 12, 2022 [Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

“They’ve a particular taking part in type. I don’t assume they will change that. It’s neither defensive nor attacking,” he stated.

“We’ve our system and our type. We gained’t change our type.”

Dalic, who stated Croatia was free from accidents forward of the sport, additionally stated he hoped the match in opposition to the Argentinians wouldn’t be as emotionally charged or ill-tempered as their quarterfinal qualification match in opposition to the Netherlands.

Eighteen yellow playing cards and one purple automotive have been handed out to Dutch and Argentinian gamers in a efficiency marred by disciplinary violations from either side all through.

Argentina's Nahuel Molina clashes with the Netherlands players at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar.
Argentina’s Nahuel Molina clashes with the Netherlands gamers at Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar, on December 9, 2022 [Carl Recine/Reuters]
Argentina's German Pezzella is shown a yellow card by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz as Nicolas Otamendi and Leandro Paredes react on December 9, 2022, during the match against the Netherlands.
Argentina’s German Pezzella is proven a yellow card by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz as Nicolas Otamendi and Leandro Paredes react on December 9, 2022, throughout the match in opposition to the Netherlands [Paul Childs/Reuters]

Croatia have additionally beforehand been on the receiving finish of Argentinian mood.

Following Croatia’s group stage win on the 2018 World Cup, then-Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli refused to shake Dalic’s hand.

Dalic stated he holds no grudges.

“I perceive the actors concerned and the expectations have been excessive again then [in 2018]. It occurs and we will not maintain any grudges,” Dalic stated.

“I don’t get offended at anybody in an emotional mind-set. Argentina in opposition to Netherlands was additionally fairly feisty and tough with many non-football-related behaviours. I actually hope this won’t be the case tomorrow,” he stated.

“Tomorrow’s match is a good match for Argentina in addition to us. The stakes are excessive for each and a spot within the ultimate is at stake,” he stated.

Dalic’s recommendation to his gamers and their few followers in Qatar was to benefit from the sport.

“I all the time say to our followers and gamers to benefit from the soccer,” he stated.

“Every of us has to benefit from the work, the career we’re doing. Provided that gamers are pleased can they be what they’re.”


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