After returning from their Friday quarterfinals in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, respectively, France and Belgium worked out at their Moscow-area training bases Sunday before heading to St. Petersburg for their Tuesday night semifinal.
So what's your prediction? "It is true we have not made good results at major tournaments for decades, but we should not be surprised Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup given the quality of the players, which has been proven". All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the nation they led to the title.
Key to England's run to the last-four stage has been their set-piece efficiency.
"But we believe in our strengths", he said. "We know where we are". Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit.
"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck. we'll have to be ready to suffer".
"It's a great honor for us to [be here], we are playing for our country with passion".
Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs.
"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners".
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This hasn't come about by fluke.
"In the second half and in extra time we dominated, we should have finished the job before penalties", he said, "but maybe it's written in the stars that we have to go through the extra drama". "We don't fear England".
In contrast, there is only one Champions League victor in the England squad, Chelsea's Gary Cahill who is their second-choice central defender.
Forget bending them like Beckham. Telemundo also saw ratings success Friday for their Spanish-language coverage, recording a best-ever Friday daytime viewership of 1.8 million (which rises to 2.65 million if you count Total Audience Delivery, so they're getting big streaming boosts too).
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After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi's Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.