As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated.
"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". We will want to give a performance of huge pride. There's no question about that. In two-way betting on which team wins the title, France is -210 and Croatia is +175.
"I think now in many years people will remember us, not the '98 team".
"But that will be the challenge".
"They can criticise me, but they cannot criticise what I do on the pitch", Pogba said, according to the Daily Star.
"It's impossible to say anything to them that is going to make them feel better at this point".
"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".
"This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn´t show". The two are good friends with Dalic calling Blazevic during this World Cup to get some advice.
"[In the 2016 Euros] we thought it was done and that we had won the trophy by beating Germany in the semi-finals". And we've proved that is possible. The national team was forced to play a European Championship qualifier against Italy in an empty stadium in Split in June 2015 because Croat fans had thrown flares on the field during a match against the Azzurri at Milan. He never stops working, tracking and creating.
"By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10".
"But I've said all along we're not flawless, we're not the finished article".
"We've come an incredibly long way in a short space of time". That hasn't been the only drama for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russian Federation on penalty kicks.