World Cup 2022: Croatia Coach Terrified by Brazil’s Quality

World Cup 2022: Croatia Coach Terrified by Brazil’s Quality

  • Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has labeled Brazil favourites ahead of their crucial quarter-final match
  • Croatia and Brazil both faced Asian opponents Japan and South Korea to progress to the quarter-final
  • Brazil are popular favourites for this year's tournament and Dalic says their quality is terrifying

Croatia and Brazil are set for an epic showdown at the ongoing Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as the competition enters the final eight.

They both beat Asian counterparts, Japan and South Korea to make the quarter-final, and Croatia head coach says Brazil's squad is terrifying.

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says Brazil's squad quality is terrifying ahead of their quarter-final match. Photo by Alex Grimm.
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Brazil are popular favourites for the tournament and have been strong so far despite their final group game loss to Cameroon with a heavily rotated squad.

The Selecao are boosted by the return of talisman Neymar who missed the final two group games due to an ankle injury against Serbia.

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Dalic calls Brazil terrifying

Zlatko Dalic who led Croatia to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup final and lost to France spoke about Brazil ahead of their game as quoted by Reuters.

''Brazil are the favourites, let's face it. They are the most powerful and the best national team at the World Cup. What I've seen so far, when you take a look at their players, their quality, skills and value, then it is indeed terrifying,'' he said.

What Croatia need against Brazil

Dalic further said what his team needs to do against the five times World champions, importantly stressing they need to look for chances against a stingy Brazilian defence.

"We need to enter the match with much faith, self-confidence and looking for our chances, enjoy the occasion of playing Brazil, that's it." he further said.

The midfield trio of Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and veteran Luka Modric will need to be at their best if they are to stand any chance against Brazil.

Croatia are drama kings

Veteran midfielder Luka Modric said Croatia love winning with drama as earlier reported by Sports Brief after yet another 120 minutes in a knockout match.

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Luka Modric in action for Croatia in the round of 16 match against Japan. Photo by Markus Gilliar.
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Three of Croatia's last five knockout games have been won on penalty shootouts according to DW Sports after beating Japan on penalties.

The possibility of an extra time or even a penalty shootout against Brazil can not be ruled out as Croatia have proven they can hold it down against any opponent and do it the hard way.

Source: Sports Brief News