It has been nearly 17 years since Croatia last enjoyed major success at a major tournament, and the man who led them to that success thinks that not only should Niko Kovač’s side comfortably qualify for Euro 2016, but they should win the tournament in France next year.
Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, who famously led Croatia to 3rd place at the 1998 World Cup in France, says that if he could take Croatia to third at the World Cup, then Kovač should be European Champion as he has a better side than what he had in France.
“We do not have a Davor Šuker anymore, but we have Luka Modrić, who is better than Zvonimir Boban, better than Robert Prosinečki and Aljoša Asanović,” said Ćiro to Jutarnji list, saying that he will only accept a win in France next year.
“This team must be European Champions. This is not just platitude without foundation, these are better players that what I had (in 1998),” said the 80-year-old.
“It is true however that this defence is weaker than mine of Slaven Bilić, Igor Štimac and Robert Jarni,” he concluded.