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Jose Mourinho on why France have World Cup advantage over Croatia

Jose Mourinho on why France have World Cup advantage over Croatia

For me, it is not news that Croatia could reach the final of the World Cup!

Mbappe's speed and creativity have made him one of the most electrifying players to watch at Russian Federation 2018, while Griezmann has been a reliable finisher who has come up with momentum-turning goals for Les Bleus. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength. He played the game with great maturity.

Jose Mourinho would certainly be pleased with his contributions and be hoping to see more of the same when he returns to Old Trafford.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semifinal.

The Three Lions missed chances to extend their lead - Harry Kane hit the post when he tried to stuff a rebound past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic at the near post in the 30th minute - but they were generally in control of the match. They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic.

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said Cortez to AFP, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.

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"I know everything about Croatia, I have lived the country intensely in all my life, since its history on all the sports of the country". No-one believed before the World Cup that we could go this far, but we believed.

During its course to the finals, the Balkan nation defeated 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland in the group stages before putting up gutsy performances in the knockout stages.

The passionate fan says that Croatia has made him the happiest man in the world this World Cup. We're going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France. We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were wonderful.

"This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong", the Manchester United midfielder tweeted after Tuesday's 1-0 win.

'My players are at top clubs and people should remember that'.

"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played other matches", Dalic explains.