ZAGREB, March 22, 2022 – The Croatian football team arrives in Doha on Tuesday ahead of two friendlies against Slovenia and Bulgaria.
The team left Zagreb today minus two players originally named in the 25-man squad.
Atlético Madrid defender Šime Vrsaljko and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovicboth injured, did not travel with the squad today and have been replaced in the squad by Osijek defender Mile Škorić and Dynamo Moscow midfielder Nikola Moro.
Five players, including captain Luka Modrić, did not leave Zagreb with the rest of the squad and will arrive in Doha directly from their clubs.
“Our motivation is great in the upcoming matches to prepare for what awaits us in June. It will be a very good test for all of us to see what we can do, to prepare for the Nations League,” the coach said. Zlatko Dalicwho made it clear that he intended to use all the players in both matches.
“We called 25 players, the idea is that everyone plays. We’re going to give all the players a chance, but there’s no point in weighing them down as much as possible, I want to try all the players. Our goal is for everyone to play. We are going to make two teams for these two matches, the players are very busy in their clubs anyway, I think it will be good for them to relieve them a bit,” added Dalić.
While the matches are just friendlies, Croatia will always be looking for wins.
“Of course, we must not neglect the result, we must achieve the objective, two wins. However, we will also try to organize rallies and dinners, we want the players who are not always with us to feel this atmosphere. I don’t want to underestimate the opponents, in fact, Slovenia gave us a lot of trouble in the last round of the first game, and Bulgaria will also want to present themselves against Croatia in the best possible light,” said Dalić, who also revealed earlier that he would try a new formation in Doha.
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Croatia will face Slovenia first on March 26 and face Bulgaria three days later on March 29. Both matches will start at 5 p.m. Croatian time.
The Qatari national team will also play in the tournament, playing matches against Bulgaria (March 26) and Slovenia (March 29).