Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has said that his team won’t adjust their style for Argentina ahead of the upcoming Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D clash on Thursday.
Dalic was speaking with reporters after his team’s 2-0 win over Nigeria on Saturday night.
In his words, Dalic said: “will respect all our opponents, particularly Argentina, but we will not adjust to them.”
“We will play our style. We lead the group.
“We will have some tweaks when we play Argentina but we will not be calculating – we are going to play our game. I said after the draw it would be one of the easiest matches we could play. It will be a joy to play against one of the best teams in the world.
“We will have to play our best game. We have scouted Argentina in our best detail. We put Nigeria behind us, and we will play our style of football however much we respect Argentina.” He concluded.
Dalic also expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the game against Nigeria as he said: “A win is a win.”
“Corners and penalties are part of football. It doesn’t matter how you score, it matters that you score.
“We earned our luck. We want to be more efficient in attack but we are not going to split hairs about the way we scored.
“It was a difficult match against an excellent opponent. We were disciplined and we deservedly won.” He added.
On the decision to start Corluka on the bench. Dalic said: “They (centre back duo of Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida) are faster and they deserved their places.”
“They both played well, firm and reliable with no mistakes.
“Corluka is important for us, he did not play because of our style of play, but we start preparations for Argentina tomorrow and will check the condition of the players.” He concluded.