The Croatian football team have gathered in Zagreb to begin preparations for two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week…
Niko Kovač’s side visits Azerbaijan on 3 September and Norway on 6 September, as they look for important points that could help seal a EURO 2016 berth. On Monday the squad gathered in Zagreb and held their first run at Maksimir stadium.
“Robert Prosinečki did an impressive job at Azerbaijan, and everything will be different regarding Croatia’s convincing win in Osijek. Azerbaijan is today an aggressive, tough team, but I do not see this match as a duel against Prosinečki. Their development is confirmed by two clubs reaching Europa League group stage. We hope to win, but it will not be a walk in the park”, said Kovač.
Dejan Lovren and Marcelo Brozović had minor injuries, but will be ready for both matches, while lack of time for training sessions is not an alibi for Kovač.
“We can not do much, yet I hope we can show what we have shown before and reach our goals. We will not complain, all teams are in the same position. Croatia is focused on Azerbaijan, only after Baku encounter shall we know how to deal with Norway”.