Croatia says match with Nigeria is most important
The Coach of Croatia national team, Zlatko Dalić, has disclosed that their opening game against Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup is the most important match for them in Group D.
Zlatko Dalic who was recently appointed Croatia coach following the sacking of Ante Cacic ahead of their crunch World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in October disclosed that ”Nigeria is not a typical African national team, they have Mikel as a captain and a young, powerful player,” Dalic said to Istinom do gola, according to Sportske Novosti.
”They are fast, agile, will not be easy, but if the plan is to go through, we have to beat them.”
”I said already, it’s not easy, but it could be harder. However, I say that the priority is to go to the second round, the knockout competition. If we do not get it, it would be a failure,” added the 51-year-old coach.