19:50 / 13.06.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Dalić post-match: We paid dearly for one mistake

Izbornik Zlatko Dalić

Izbornik Zlatko Dalić

Foto: Europeo / HRT

Croatian national football team manager, Zlatko Dalić, congratulated England on the victory, but also his team, despite the defeat in the opening match of their EURO 2020 campaign.

“Congratulations to the English on their victory, but also to our boys. It was a tough match, in sweltering weather. As we had expected, we needed to endure for 20 minutes and maintain control. But then we made a mistake we had practiced for a week to avoid, failing to maintain our defensive positions. Again, we worked too little on pushing forward, but we will fix that in the two games ahead of us,” said coach Dalić.

“We didn’t have it all worked out on our side, but we were playing against England in their stadium and we managed to keep pace with them. This gives me hope and encourages me. I’m an optimist,” said Dalić and praised 19-year-old Joško Gvardiol.

“Gvardiol earned his place on the roster today with his playing. We wanted to get some depth with Rebić. It was all quite good but not enough and one mistake cost us dearly,” Dalić said.

Croatia is set to play their second Group D match against the Czech Republic on Friday, June 18 in Glasgow. They will finish the group stage against Scotland on June, 22, also in Glasgow.

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