Croatia defender Dejan Lovren insists that with adrenaline and pride on the line in their World Cup semi-final with England, tiredness will not be a factor
The Vatreni are hoping to go one better than the great Croatia team of Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki in the 1998 World Cup, who were beaten in the last four by hosts and eventual winners France.
After playing over 240 minutes of football in their previous knockout rounds against Denmark and Russia, there are concerns that they Croatia players may suffer from fatigue as the match with England goes on.
But Lovren is certain that both himself and teammates will have no problems.
“The manager believes in us – he did so when few others did – and we do the best we can,” Lovren said on the Croatia Football Federation website.
“The Croatian people never had it easy, and we want to bring them some joy, including a medal. We’ve had a chance to recover from two tough, long matches. When the stakes are this high, nobody is tired. It’s once in a lifetime opportunity. Russia deserves all the praise for a great organization of the World Cup”
Croatia will play England at the Luzhniki stadium today at 20:00 (GMT +2).