Zlatko Dalić, the coach of the Croatian national football team, breathed a sigh of relief after their victory over Armenia and qualification for the fourth consecutive major competition. 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,” Dalić said. “We knew we had to win six points to qualify and we did it. We showed character and responsibility, even though it was difficult.”
Croatia has achieved its goal and made a great success in qualifying for Euro 2020. Dalić called it a big plus for the country’s football program.
Two years ago, Dalić cried in Split when Croatia defeated Russia, but this time he didn’t. “I’m over it,” he said. “It was hard and tense, but everything went as it should have.”
Dalić also talked about Luka Modrić’s comments about the game. “He wasn’t satisfied with a lot of things,” he said. “But we need to make an analysis and discuss what went wrong.”
The coach also praised Ante Budimir for his performance in the match against Armenia. “He played fantastic two games,” he said. “First he didn’t score a goal, now he was rewarded.”
Dalić added that Budimir had endured criticism and remained focused on his task at hand. He called him a player for the future and expressed his satisfaction with his performance in the qualifiers.