Croatia 2: 1 Germany


Slaven Bilić, Croatia coach
"It was a great match and I would like to extend special congratulation to my players, not only for battling hard but also for playing excellent football. There is no other way to beat Germany than to play well. They are a great team and are still one of the title favourites. You cannot allow them to control any part of the pitch and that's how we tried to play against them. For me, this victory is a bigger achievement than beating England at Wembley. I keep getting questions about similarities between this team and the team I played in in 1998. All I can say is that we are Croatians, we play for our fans but we are not the only team who play like this. It was the same in 1998 and it's the same now. We are always emotional, we cannot change that. Even if we wanted to, we don't want to. There are coaches who stay in the dugout and those like me who are more active. I like to take part by giving advice and by being as close as possible to the pitch. Every team here, apart from Switzerland because they have been eliminated, can win the title. The difference in modern football is very small. As for Luka Modrić, he was already a star before this tournament. I keep telling him that he is the best player in Europe but he's not the only great player in our team. My team prove to me day in, day out, in training and out on the pitch that they are world class. " from http://www.euro2008.uefa.com/tournament/matches/match=300693/report=rw.html

thanks for the photo - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/euro_2008/7374367.stm

Comments

forbruger said…
congrats Croatia, what a difference a game makes, can you spot the difference? there is this reaction and there is this one, but as the saying goes, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

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