We do not consider stopping one participant: Bruno Petkovic on man-marking Messi in FIFA World Cup semi-final

We do not consider stopping one participant: Bruno Petkovic on man-marking Messi in FIFA World Cup semi-final
We do not consider stopping one participant: Bruno Petkovic on man-marking Messi in FIFA World Cup semi-final

FIFA World Cup semi-final: Bruno Petkovic mentioned that Croatia will give attention to stopping the whole Argentina staff as an alternative of man-marking Lionel Messi within the last-four match.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Dec 12, 2022 07:28 IST

Argentina and Croatia will conflict within the semis on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Croatia striker Bruno Petkovic mentioned that his staff will give attention to stopping the whole Argentina staff as an alternative of man-marking Lionel Messi within the FIFA World Cup semi-final match on Tuesday.

Croatia, who’re aiming to succeed in the ultimate for a second consecutive time, shocked the five-time champions Brazil within the quarter-final after bouncing again with a late equaliser and profitable the penalty shootout 4-2.

“We do not have a particular plan but for stopping Messi and normally we do not consider stopping one participant however the whole staff,” Petkovic mentioned. “We will attempt to cease them as a staff and never with man-marking. Argentina will not be solely Messi, they’ve a lot of nice gamers. We should cease the whole Argentina staff.”

Petkovic had scored the 117th-minute equaliser in opposition to Brazil, forcing the penalty shootout. Croatia have received all 4 of the shootouts that they’ve been concerned in at World Cups. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic saved one spot kick in opposition to Brazil after having saved three within the Round of 16 shootout in opposition to Japan.

“I believe many people who find themselves not skilled footballers can take profitable penalties,” Petkovic mentioned. “The distinction is how mentally robust you’re. There is big strain you have got by no means skilled earlier than. But it additionally helps when you have got a world class keeper.”

Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia are excessive on confidence however their midfield will rely closely on Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic. Defender Josip Juranovic mentioned that the trio are reliable.

“Mateo, Luka and Marcelo are one of the best Croatia midfield in historical past. I do not assume it may be repeated. When you go them the ball it’s safer than having your cash within the financial institution,” Juranovic mentioned.

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