Zlatko Dalić, the coach of the Croatian national football team, breathed a sigh of relief after Croatia’s victory over Armenia and their qualification for the Euro 2020 tournament. In an interview with Nova TV, he congratulated the players on their achievement and thanked the fans for their support.
“It was a tough game,” said Dalić. “We knew we had to win six points and that’s it. We showed character and responsibility, it was difficult, that’s how it goes with us.”
Dalić also praised Croatia’s success in qualifying for the tournament, calling it a great achievement. He added that this qualification should be a success and that everything about it is a big plus.
Two years ago, Dalić cried during Croatia’s victory over Russia in World Cup qualifying. However, he didn’t cry this time around. “No,” he said. “I’m over it. It was hard and tense.”
Dalić also discussed Croatia’s upcoming match against Wales in the play-offs for Group D at Euro 2020. He said they didn’t want to watch Turkey’s match against Wales because they didn’t want to get nervous before thinking about themselves in the final match against Wales.
“The victory was absolutely deserved,” said Dalić. “Now what until the summer? We have seven months of peace and selection ahead of us.”
Dalić went on to talk about Luka Modrić, who played well in both matches but wasn’t satisfied with some aspects of his performance. He said they need to make an analysis before moving forward to Germany where tens of thousands of fans are waiting for them.