A Compact World Cup Will Make an Esteemed Qatar 2022, Says Dalic

Published November 12th, 2018 - 05:28 GMT
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic says a compact 2022 World Cup will make the game more esteemed among fans and managers as it will give them the opportunity to watch more matches.

The former defensive midfielder, who led his country to a runners-up finish at this summerf0's World Cup in Russia, spoke to www.sc.qa during the 52nd International Sports Symposium in Sarajevo.

"Constantly changing location can be a headache and affect the game adversely. I think a compact World Cup will make the game more"high level" and of course, like the fans, managers might also be able to watch more than a single match in one day, maybe even three, which is a big advantage."

The Croatian is no stranger to the Gulf after spending seven years managing teams in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Dalif1'e6 won four major honours in the region and reached the final of the AFC Champions League with Al Ain in 2016.

"I coached in this part of the world for seven years and I have to say that it was very nice. I learned a lot of new things in life being here, but most importantly, I had good results on the pitch. I can say in the Gulf I became calmer, and how to remain calm is important for a manager who must deal with defeats."

Advising Qatar on how to build a strong team for the mundial, Dalic said: "There must be trust among the players, while it is very important to maintain unity and discipline. Also, it's integral that national team players are playing in continental tournaments like the UEFA Champions League, or in Qatar's case the AFC Champions League, and play for title-contending clubs in the countries where they play.

"In the end, we also had the best players of the World Cup and the best player of the tournament, Luka Modric. We had a great generation that only wanted great success, so there is also an element of luck involved."

"The team must love the pitch they play on. Showing heart is the most important thing, because then, even if you do not win the game, no one will be disappointed," he added.

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