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With Spain and Italy in the same group, Croatia is going to have some work to do
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are back for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine. “We showed in 2008 that we
know how to play and we will be ready again,” Croatia coach Slaven Bilic said.
“We went to Austria (in 2008) to win the Euros and we are going with the same
ambitions now.” Euro 2012 will mark the fourth time Croatia has played in the
tournament since gaining independence from Yugoslavia 21 years ago. The team
qualified by beating Turkey in the playoffs, but in return they were handed a
tough draw. Croatia will open Group C against Ireland on June 10 in Poznan
before facing Italy and defending champion Spain. “Croatia have always been
capable of winning big games against the favourites,” midfielder Darijo Srna
told UEFA. “We can choose between an easy way of qualifying, or a harder way of
doing it—the easy way being to win the first game against Ireland, take three
points, and then try to get those additional points in the other two matches.”
Croatia has a number of creative talents—including Tottenham midfielder Luka
Modric and Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic—that will look to unlock the
Irish defence, which has only conceded three goals over the past year. “They are
tough, strong, well-organized and defend very well,” Bilic said. “The only
surprise would be if Trapattoni made them more attacking … but that would only
make us happier.” Much will rest on the silky skills of Modric, who has been an
integral part of a Tottenham team that briefly challenged for the Premier League
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football is so competitive, physical and tight so you need a player up front who
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