Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has echoed the claims made by Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric that his side had “extra motivation” to beat England on Wednesday because of disrespect from the English media.
Speaking after the World Cup semi-final win over England, Lovren said he had been annoyed about questions related to a poor performance he had for Liverpool against Harry Kane’s Tottenham last autumn, while Modric accused the English media of underestimating Croatia.
Dalic said: “There is always some extra motivation and we always respect our opponents.
“Maybe the English team should have respected us more, especially when you consider where our players play their football, but this is football and sport.
“Maybe there was an element of extra motivation because of [comments in the English media], but there was also motivation to play in the final and make our fans and the country happy.”