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Niko Kovač Not Happy: ‘Players don’t talk, everyone is on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter’

CroatiaCroatia coach Niko Kovač says that modern technology and an obsession with social media is killing off communication amongst his players….

Speaking in an interview with daily Jutarnji list, the former German-born Croatia captain says that times have changed a lot since when he was playing the game, which was not too long ago.

“In my day we played cards and talked endlessly about football. Today players do not even chat, everyone is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...,” said Kovač, adding that communication is breaking down.

“They put their headphones on their ears and connect to their own little world,” a frustrated Kovač said about the realities of the modern player, before talking about the regime he had in place in Brazil.

Dejan Lovren - massive fan of selfies and instagram

Dejan Lovren – massive fan of selfies and Instagram

“Information was being leaked from the changing room, because 15 minutes after I gave formation instructions about the match, it was already all over the Croatian portals. The changing room is full of insiders. I was accused of running a strict ship, but I only took up four hours a day of the players time. They had to wake up at 8am, then it was time to give blood samples and have breakfast. The three daily meals took up 1 and a half hours, as did training, and then blood tests,” revealed Kovač.

Croatia face Bulgaria in Sofia on Friday in an important EURO 2016 qualifier. (pics: Instagram)

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