Modric: English media underestimated Croatia
MOSCOW, July 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has slammed the English media, who he said underestimated his side ahead of their World Cup semi-final against the Three Lions on Wednesday.
Modric, whose team initially went 1-0 down to England thanks to a sublime free kick by Kieran Trippier in the fifth minute, accused the English press of showing a lack of respect to Croatia.
Modric told ITV after the match: "People were talking … English journalists, pundits from television. They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake."
Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be tired, giving England the advantage.
He said: "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’ They should be more humble and respect their opponents more.
"We showed again that we were not tired – we dominated the game mentally and physically."
Modric said: “We should have killed the game even before extra time. This is an amazing achievement for us – it’s a dream come true after such a long time. We are in the final and that is the biggest success in Croatia history. We have to be proud.”