Croatia coach ignoring complaints from Argentina and Nigeria
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has highlighted that he would be resting key players during the final group stage game against Iceland despite the concerns raised by the head coaches of Argentina and Nigeria. The Croats are already assured of top spot in their World Cup group after sealing comfortable wins over Nigeria and Argentina.
Speaking in a press conference, Dalic stressed that Croatia would be making any favours for their opponents and their opponents would rather mind their own business, he said: “I don't care what other teams are saying. We're minding our own business. What others are commenting, that's their business.”
As things stand, Iceland need to pick up three points against Croatia in order to stand any chance of making the round of 16 but they could still face disappointment depending on the other group stage game. With the way things have panned, Nigeria could make the knockout stage of the World Cup with a draw against Argentina but the South American nation are bound to come up with a strong performance after their 3-0 mauling versus Croatia.
There have already been talks of a rift in the Argentine camp of late and manager Jorge Sampaoli is likely to be under huge pressure for the game with changes expected once more. Angel di Maria, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain may all start from the off for Sampaoli’s side whilst Messi could partner the latter upfront after struggling to make a difference from the right wing.
Nothing has gone right for the Argentines, who have picked up just one point at the World Cup but based on recent history, they should fancy their chances versus Nigeria. Argentina have faced the Super Eagles on five occasions at the World Cup and they have won on each occasion with the margin of a one-goal difference.