Schism in Croatia: “Petkovic should not have taken the penalty”

Schism in Croatia: “Petkovic should not have taken the penalty”
Schism in Croatia: “Petkovic should not have taken the penalty”

The overwhelming defeat against Spain slightly disrupted Croatia’s plans for this Sunday. The Balkan team, which traveled after the match to its base in Neuruppin80 kilometers from Berlin, was scheduled to train this Sunday at 11:00, but finally did it at 10:30. And before that the coach spoke about him, Zlatko Dalic. The technician’s appearance did come in the planning prior that Tomislav Pacak, the team’s Press Officer, had provided to the Press.

The Croatian coach had not liked it at all the media sugar that his squad had to digest after the historic victory in Portugal (1-2), far from it the constant mass bath that the Croats in Germany were giving him since They landed in the German country, between the previous Sunday and Monday.

“No more tributes”he stated with crooked gesture after a massive training Livno’s coach, a man known for his uprightness and little taste for exaggeration. In several talks during the week, Dalic had asked his players not to get carried away the wave of euphoria and this was also expressed even with the triumph in Lisbon still hotwhen there was still a week left for the duel against Spain and the body admitted perhaps a little bit of well-deserved vanity.

“After Portugal I said that for us It was just a training match and that didn’t mean much, because we were waiting an even more difficult one. I cannot help the impression that we conceded the three goals with very little. Every one of his shots ended up inside. The friendly in Lisbon did not deceive us, gave us reasons for optimism. Yesterday we lacked aggressiveness, we arrived late. The rival was too good for us”, the Balkan coach acknowledged this Sunday, resigned.

Dalic does not shut up and points to Bruno Petkovic. The penalty play may have sentenced to the veteran forward of Dinamo Zagreb: “Petkovic shouldn’t have shot, because the rule is that the player who forced the penalty must not shoot. If we can’t solve it from the bench, there is hierarchy in the team and the penalty should not have been taken. I’ll fix it. They had to throw Perisic either Majer. Furthermore, before they blocked him, the goal was empty. Bruno had to do everything possible to score that goal. That is my impression, that he should have made an extra effort to score.”

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