- Dalic is refusing to motivate his players on the pain of Croatia's memorable loss against France
- Croatiahave had to win all three games outside of the group stage in or after extra time
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic says that his side will not be out for vengeance when they play France on Sunday. He was speaking after his side's 2-1 extra-time victory over England.
France and Croatia are in the final of the World Cup this year. The game is a repeat of 1998's semi final that saw France beat Croatia 2-1.
Croatia got through to the final thanks to a goal each from Perisic and Mandzukic against. They had gone down after five minutes thanks to a sublime free-kick by Kieran Trippier.
Top scorer in the World Cup of 1998, Davor Suker gave Croatia a 46th minute in that semi final final against France. But two goals from France defender Lilian Thuram made sure France headed into the final eventually to become winners.
Croatia were to place third after beating the Netherlands.
Dalic recounts the story, as reported by ESPN:
"In 1998 I was in France for the first three games as a supporter. Everyone in Croatia remembers that game when Thuram scored and we lost 2-1. This has been the topic of discussion for the past 20 years,"
"I remember when we celebrated Suker's goal but as soon as we sat back down it was level.
"Both teams have shown their qualities, we do not seek revenge, this is football, this is sport, but what we have to do is focus on preparing to play our best game of the tournament in the final."
Dalic's men have needed to sort thing in or after extra time in every game after the group stage. They won on penalties against Denmark and Russia and beat England in the second half of extra-time.
This exceptional success was not lost on Dalic: "Nobody wanted to give in when I was preparing the first XI, nobody wanted to say I was not ready in extra time, no one wanted to be subbed and this shows character and what makes me proud. Nobody gave up."
Sunday will be Croatia's first ever final in a World Cup. It is however, France's third.
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