Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic has revealed that the players are extra motivated to defeat Canada in today’s 2022 World Cup clash.
Recall that Canada boss John Herdman had revealed he told his players ‘go and “eff” Croatia’ in an on-pitch huddle following their hard-fought defeat to Belgium in their World Cup opener on Wednesday.
Addressing the issue first, coach Zlatko Dalic said: “The Croatia team deserves respect from everyone. We have proven that by the way we have played and our conduct during the World Cup.
“We are the runners-up, second in the world. We respect everyone equally so we expect our opposing teams to respect us. This way of putting words together is not a sign of respect.”
Tottenham midfielder Perisic, sat alongside Dalic, added: “I second the head coach and I cannot wait for the match to begin.”