Croatia will only aim for victory against Italy: “The knockout phase has already started at Euro 2024”

Croatia will only aim for victory against Italy: “The knockout phase has already started at Euro 2024”
Croatia will only aim for victory against Italy: “The knockout phase has already started at Euro 2024”

The Croatians have only taken one point from their first two matches and are therefore resolutely aiming for victory against the Azzurri to keep their hopes of reaching the round of 16 alive. National coach Zlatko Dalic remains confident.

Only Spain (6 points), winner of Pool B, is already assured of a place in the direct elimination phase. Italy (second with 3 points), Albania (third with 1 point) and Croatia (fourth with 1 point) still have a chance to qualify for the next round. Croatia, 3rd in the last World Cup in Qatar, lost to Spain (0-3) on the first day, then could not do better than a draw (2-2) against the ‘Albania.

“This is another match in a series of historic matches for us,” Dalic said at the press conference the day before. “We are ready and I think the match will go well. We are aware of our situation. For us, the knockout stage has already started, so to speak. Only a victory will satisfy us. And let’s be clear: I don’t I don’t want to go home so early.”

Dalic also praised his Italian colleague Luciano Spalletti. “He has achieved success at the highest level. The Italians are known for their tactical ability. They are also very strong defensively. A draw is enough for them, we are aware of that. We have to be ready for anything in this match, be patient and control our nerves. Everything is possible and we must prepare for it.”

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