Croatia coach confirms Sime Vrsaljko did not suffer serious injury versus England

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has confirmed that Sime Vrjaljko did not suffer any serious injury during the Nations League clash against England on Sunday. The Inter Milan ace was substituted within the 26th minute of the game after a muscular issue and thereafter, the Croatians went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat despite holding the initial advantage.

Speaking to reporters, Dalic clarified that there was nothing serious with the Croatian right-back but he did not want to any risks with the player owing to his club commitments thereafter, he said: “Following the tough 90 minutes against Spain and just two-day recovery before the England encounter, we were aware that our players wouldn’t be perfectly fit. After a tackle in a dangerous situation, Vrsaljko felt his muscle and our assessment was to prevent any further trouble by taking him off. He’s not a doubt for the upcoming club matches, as he proved at the World Cup and wearing his Internazionale jersey that he can play difficult matches at a high level in a short period of time.”
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Sky Sports pundit heaps praise on Luka Modric after bagging The Best award

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Luka Modric truly deserves The Best Player of the Year award from FIFA after being influential for club and country last term. The Croatia international bagged his third successive Champions League crown with Real Madrid last season and he thereafter went on to star for Croatia at the World Cup where they were eventually runners up to France.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson feels there are no question marks regarding the Croatian’s showing at the World Cup and highlighted the semi-final against England as one of his standouts, he said: “Definitely. For the World Player of the Year, the pinnacle is the World Cup and the way he performed at the tournament was just unreal. In the England game, he just constantly kept on running. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone as fit as that on a football pitch. He just kept on going and going and not just running, his quality. I just think he’s top, top drawer.”
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Dalic: We’ll battle with England

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said that his team is ready for the game against England, which will take place behind closed doors.

Speaking to the media, he said that this will be an important game for his team as they will want to bounce back from the heavy defeat in the game against Spain, which left the players very disappointed, and that they will want to prove to their fans that this was an accident. Read more “Dalic: We’ll battle with England”

ENRIQUE NAMES SQUAD TO FACE CROATIA AND ENGLAND

Former Barcelona coach and current manager of the Spanish national side LuizEnriuqehas named his squad to face Croatia and England. Spain named a young crop of stars to face the Three Lions and then World Cup finalist Croatia.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, who were part of the award winning teams, have since retired so Enrique is charged with building a new squad that can help restore Spain to their former top spot in Europe.
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WC 18: HOW FAR CAN STAR STUDDED CROATIA GO?

The star studded Croatia side has performed below expectations many times. This time, in Russia, the team is hoping to match expectations. Luka Modric recently bossed the Champions League final, controlling the game with his passes and dribbles. He is a game changer and his blend of skills is expected to help propel the team beyond the group stage of the World Cup.

Modric has the support of Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, Barcelona’s IvanRakitic and his club mate MateoKovacic.There are also brand names like Ivan PerisicDejanLovren, SimeVrsaljko and others, expected to make a strong push in the finals.
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TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE

Cent Tosun’s sole goal was enough to earn the Turks full points against Croatia on Tuesday.


The victory keeps their World Cup hopes alive. With two games left to play, the result was a huge blow to the hopes of the group leaders.

Tosun scored in the 75th minute as the Croatian keeper Daniel Subasic stopped an effort from OguzhanOzyakup, setting the player for an easy rebound goal. The Turk surely didn’t miss from there.

The result is a significant boost to the Turks after losing 2-0 to Ukraine on Saturday. The atmosphere was electric after the goal as fans in the northwestern city of Eskisehir knew their hopes were alive once more. Read more “TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE”

PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER

Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, despite playing for one of the most exciting young teams ever witnessed in German football, most times ended up at the peripheral side of activities.


His 42 match appearances in the two year stint he spent under the tutelage of current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp – amidst stars like IkayGundogan, NuriSahin and Shinji Kagawa – was mostly doctored by substitute appearances

The Borussen won one Bundesliga and a DFB Pokal and all along the aforementioned stars were more involved than the Croatia international.

This was a player who was crowned the Belgian League’s player of the season in 2011 and managed to bag in 31 goals throughout his stay. Dortmund was supposed to be a higher platform on which he could showcase his value most importantly since the then coach took a special likeningto youths over experience. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t get much of the action. Read more “PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER”

Luka Modric on Real Madrid

Luka Modric reckons that there is a bit of biasness against Real Madrid in the Footballing world.


As per Modric, nobody cares when Madrid has to suffer because of the errors committed by the match officials, but, if such errors provide any kind of advantage to Madrid, all hell breaks loose.

Modric disagrees to the popular opinion that the result of the European Cup quarter final tie between Madrid and Munich would have been different if it was not for a string of refereeing errors.

The veteran playmaker opines that Madrid was a superior team to Munich throughout the tie and it was only fitting that they ended on the right side of the stick. To take the credit away from them by pointing out the refereeing errors is completely wrong.

Modric recalls that refereeing errors had happened during the first leg as well which had been held in the German capital. The home team was awarded an unfair penalty there. They eventually missed it, but, nevertheless, it had given them an opportunity. Read more “Luka Modric on Real Madrid”

PRIME MINISTER ASKS FANS TO BEHAVE IN WC QUALIFIER

The Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovichas begged the football fans of the national team to be of best behaviourswhen they play Ukraine in a crucial World Cup qualifying game.


Croatia are billed to play Ukraine on Friday during the international break. Plenkovic wants them to avoid previous unruly showings when they host their opponents.

Croatia fans caused trouble when the national team played Turkey and Iceland in games last year. There are also claims of racism and various forms of disorder. These earned them a stadium ban from FIFA. A hospitable setting during the game against Ukraine is important for them to be allowed in subsequent games as this is the first time they are allowed into a home game since the ban.

The Prime Minister asked that State resources be employed to ensure a trouble-free match.

“We must all take responsibility so that everything passes in order,” Plenkovic said. Read more “PRIME MINISTER ASKS FANS TO BEHAVE IN WC QUALIFIER”

SRNA NOT KEEN ON BARCELONA OFFER

Claims by El Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish daily, has alleged that Darijo Srna is yet to make up his mind on whether to leave Donjeck and move on to Barcelona or continue with his current club.


The reason for this is that at Barcelona, Srna would be making a lot less money, than he is currently making at Donjeck.

However, Srna is yet to say no because this could be his last chance to feature for a top La Liga team like Barcelona before he retires from active football.

The 34 year old is one of the top names on the Catalonia club list as Luis Enrique hopes to find an experienced right winger to boost competition within the team.

Another reason is that Enrique wants to be able to let loose Alex Vidal, who was unable to find his place in Camp Nou.

However, the offer sent by Barcelona to the former captain of the Croatian national football team has not been quite generous, thus creating a lot of doubts for the defender. Read more “SRNA NOT KEEN ON BARCELONA OFFER”