Six days before the first match of the European Cup of the Croatian national team, midfielder Mario Passalic and defender Joshko Gvardiol appeared at a press conference. The Croatian duo analyzed yesterday’s defeat by Belgium in the European regular season (0:1) and talked about expectations before the game against England at Wembley on June 13.
Joško Gvardiol: There is no room for complaint here.I break through as a stumbling block, but I will do whatever it takes
It was a wonderful feeling to debut for Croatia, and I will remember it all my life. As for my game, it can always get better. Thanks to my teammates who made it easier for me to play the game.
I didn’t know that I would be invited to the A national team. When Dalic included me in the European team, I was very happy. I don’t think about whether to start, it’s my job to work and try, and the rest will come. The menu is there, he decides. I never thought about participating in the European Cup this summer. It means a lot to me and it is also an important driving force for my club career. I want to stay here, and in order to achieve this goal, I must work harder. As for empowerment, I haven’t experienced it yet, thank goodness, haha.
As for my position, although I played left-back this season, the truth is that I entered the world of senior football and became a goalkeeper. But there is no room for complaint here. I will play wherever the coach arranges, and I will do my best to do this in the best way possible.
Whether the game is friendly or not, losing is not pleasant. There is no tension in the dressing room, against Belgium, we want to see where we are, they are the first team in the world. We have to work on some details and I think everything will be great at the European Cup.
I will not comment on whether or not to play and what role to play. It’s my business to listen to the menu, and we will keep abreast of the rest. In the first training and the first game of the national team, I felt a little nervous. I think it’s good for me, don’t relax too much. In training, I followed my teammates, I just commented on Ivanusek on that segment. I always pull my leg slightly, so I won’t hurt anyone. I am the youngest, no matter what coincidence, it is not good for this to happen. We know what is waiting for us, and we must be careful.
I respect my teammates who are in the same position as me. There is a competitive mentality between Borna Barisic and I, but it’s not bad. I can only learn a lot about advanced football from him.
I don’t like to predict how far we can go. I was wrong when I was a Dynamo player earlier. Although we scored a goal, Croatia showed a great performance last night. The opening of the game will be very important. If we start well, we can go very far.
We cannot underestimate anyone in the group, just as we respect England, we must respect the Czech Republic and Scotland.
Mario Passalic: We must put aside personal names.In the most important game of my career, I have prepared everything
Our defense last night was better than our strong opponents against the National League. We are solid and compact. We did not create too much in the offense, and we must work hard to do this in the next five days until England.
I feel great, I have no problem, the injury is behind me. I am always on call, and whenever he feels that I need a team, I am ready to jump to any position.