"We played better than we did against Argentina". "They have a day off and we'll assess them tomorrow". We played a high press on their backline. This may have been an extra motivating factor for us. "They just kept coming towards me and they fell on me! The reaction from the fans at the end shows you everything they've given", He told ITV.
After the game, Croatian defender, Dejan Lovren suggested that his side were mentally stronger in Moscow and Eriksson agrees.
And, thanks to their well-travelled manager, they could just be joined by a few more fans from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Asia - as a whole - come Sunday.
"They were tired, they were exhausted, they were overjoyed", he said. I can not lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final. People should respect me also'.
But Croatia found energy after the break when the game opened up, making England's missed first-half opportunities seem all-the-more significant.
"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games". We were lucky enough to be in that final and we missed out on something lovely.
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Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.
Of course, the statistics don't give a true reflection of the challenges involved in a World Cup run, which can be affected by player availability, refereeing decisions, weather, and of course luck. Even Dalic himself has described his team's journey through the tournament as a "miracle".
'My players have played Champions League football and are champions in their countries.
England were knocked out by Croatia last night during a tense semi-final face-off.
"But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".
'We have solidarity and unity and the teams that did not have that are now back home. That hasn't been the only drama for Croatia, which won its first two World Cup knockout stage games against Denmark and Russian Federation on penalty kicks.