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Croatia are expecting 25,000 supporters for their Nations League final against Spain.
Croatia are expecting 25,000 supporters for their Nations League final against Spain on Sunday (8:45 p.m.) in Rotterdam, announced their coach Zlatko Dalic. “Bringing 25,000 fans to Rotterdam shows what this team means to the people“said the coach at a press conference on Saturday. “We expect two-thirds of the supporters to be Croatian“, added his player Ivan Perisic.
In the semi-final against the Netherlands (4-2 ap) ten thousand Croats had provided the atmosphere in this same Feyenoord stadium (50,000 seats), often supplanting the Dutch hosts with their songs. Croatia, second in the 2018 World Cup and third in 1998 and 2022 dreams of a first international title. “It would be the crowning achievement of our generation, for Luka (Modric), for me, for Ivan…added Zlatko Dalic.
Asked about this numerical inferiority in the stands for the Spaniards, the coach of the “RojaLuis de la Fuente replied: “We have loyal supporters, who support us intensely, and those who come tomorrow will support us as always. We are 40 million, we know we have a country behind us“.