Sat 26 November 2022 | 15:38

Dalic furious with World Cup organizers because of early kick-off

Zlatko Dalic thinks that as 2018 World Cup’s runners-up, Croatia deserves more respect from everyone.

Croatia manager, Dalic claims that his team isn’t being treated with the respect they deserve. Dalic was unhappy with his team’s early kick off, which according to him disrupted their rhythm.


managed to draw the game with Morocco in a snoozy goalless match.

"The fact that we played the first match at 1pm disturbed our rhythm,"

he stated.

"I attribute our lack of energy in that first match to the early kick-off.

"The fact that Croatia plays at 1pm is not respectful. England, Spain, France and Brazil are not playing at that time. We are the runners-up in the [last] World Cup. This is not the attitude towards Croatia that it should be."

Dalic was also angered by


manager Herdman’s callous comments on his players, who said that they must “F” Croatia after they lost their first match to Belgium.

"Croatia deserves respect from everyone. We have earned it with our games and results.”

Said Dalic about the incident.

"I will not pay attention to any comments. We will get ready and play football and be dignified towards Canada as well as towards others. But we deserve respect.”

Herdman has since apologized but was also excited about the opportunity to face Croatia, saying:

"It's a hell of a test for this team. We are excited. We have a hell of a match coming."

source: SportMob

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