DCSIMG

Croatia’s Stimac wants revenge for Zagreb defeat

Stimac, pictured, reckons his side has a point to prove in Scotland. Picture: AFP/Getty

Stimac, pictured, reckons his side has a point to prove in Scotland. Picture: AFP/Getty

  • by MARK WALKER
 

CROATIA coach Igor Stimac has insisted their trip to Glasgow this week won’t be a meaningless encounter because he wants revenge for their defeat to Gordon Strachan’s side in Zagreb in June.

The Croats face the Scots on Tuesday in a dead rubber World Cup qualifier with the visitors already certain of a play-off spot.

Stimac is under severe pressure in his homeland after a poor campaign that saw them lose at home to group winners Belgium on Friday.

But Stimac, pictured, reckons his side has a point to prove in Scotland.

He said: “We are better than the Scots and we need to show this.

“We have a few days to refresh the team and talk about the future.

“We need to respond to our defeat to Scotland in the Maksimir and we will be taking this match seriously.

“The game in Glasgow will mark the start of our next challenge and we need to regroup for the play-offs.

“I think we can take a lot of positives from the game against Belgium and the players deserve credit from the way they responded from being two goals down.”

And Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar also stressed that they don’t regard the game in Glasgow as a glorified friendly.

He said: “In Scotland, it is important that we raise the quality of our game. We are in a cycle right now that isn’t particularly good and that started with the defeat from Scotland in June.

“We knew from the beginning that this was probably the hardest group in Europe.

“But we need to get ourselves together so we can realise our dream and get to Brazil.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page