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Croatia coach praises new generation ahead of Brazil World Cup clash


Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has praised his country’s new generation of players for reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup but the captain Luka Modric believe they can produce a shocking result against the most popular team in the tournament, Brazil. The Croatian team followed up on their remarkable record of reaching the final in Russia in 2018 by reaching the final round of eight at this year’s tournament in Qatar after beating Belgium in the group stage and then eliminated Japan on penalties in the round of 16.

Only four players who started the defeat to France four years ago, including Modric, were included in the starting line-up against Japan, while the team’s emerging star was a 20-year-old centre-back. back to Josko Gvardiol.

“This is a new national team. We have 18 new players who weren’t here four years ago,” Dalic said of his team ahead of the match against Brazil in Doha.

“In 2018, we have a national team that has played together for 10 years. They are playing in the best leagues and for the best clubs.

“We need time to mature but I believe it’s great for us to be here at this World Cup among the eight best teams in the world.”

Croatia, a country of only 4 million people, has now reached the quarterfinals at least three times in its six World Cup appearances.

However, beating Brazil might be a step too far for a side led by 37-year-old Modric, who was stripped of experience in extra time and then a penalty shootout against Japan.

“I agree that we did a great thing by reaching the quarter-finals but despite that, we want to do more,” said Modric, who will face his Real Madrid teammates. vinixius Teenagers, Rodrygo and Eder Militao during the match at Education City Stadium.

“We know that the greatest game is ahead. Brazil is always appreciated. We have to be ourselves.

“I believe great things are possible, but the only prerequisite is that we have to give our best.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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