Ahead of the Croatia-Canada match, Canadian team captain John Herdman's statement is still the main topic, and a surefire clash is expected on Sunday.
|John Herdman's words could motivate Canadians, but Croatian newspapers treated his statement with a bad name (Photo: AFP)
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The previous statement by Canadian coach John Herdman, which he revealed after the defeat to the Belgians (0-1), to his players, sparked great reactions. “Let's kill the Croats.”His statement was picked up by the international sports press, but the specialist was also supposedly aware that it was happening, which is why many speculate that what he said was more aimed at easing the burden on his players, such as Alphonso Davies, who missed the match. penalty. In fact, the Canadians may be disappointed, as they played more dangerously than their opponents, and Herdman may have wanted them not to give themselves up, as it seems impossible to look at their performance or beat the Croats or advance either. Regardless, his expression could be considered tasteless. The Croatian press also broke the fuse, for example, a local tabloid called 24sata, superimposed Herdmann's head on top of a naked body, then placed it on its front page (covering certain parts with the logo). The maple leaf, which is a symbol of Canada) with the question “Your mouth is big, but so are your capitals?” By the way, the captain's wife showed the card, stressing that it seemed like her husband should train more.
When a newspaper asked the English coach the next day if he had really said that, he did not hold back, but added that he did not want to be disrespectful… He was proud of their match and was frustrated with the result, and it came out like this in the midst of this. moment, and he continues to do so, and his goal is to lead his band to the highest level possible. The Croatian national team's reaction was relatively diplomatic. For example, Croatian national team captain Zlatko Dalic, according to CBC, saw that“It's not nice to say such things, but of course you have the right to do so. We have to show on the pitch that we are better.”
Dalic added that they deserve more respect, because they are the silver medalists in the World Cup.
Croatian midfielder Lovo Majer had the same opinion, stressing that they would not stay awake from such statements. Perhaps the pressure would be more on the Canadians, as in the event of a loss, they would not be able to qualify from the group. We're sure the Croatians won't mind if Herdman gets ridiculed for his post-game words, as well as the fact that two very motivated teams will face off on Sunday – the Canadians will likely go at the Croatians with the same enthusiasm they did. Against the Belgians in the first round.