Croatia have received another tip for victory against Nigeria in their first match at this year’s World Cup, as one of their former goalkeepers, Stipe Pletikosa says the current team has what it takes to beat the Super Eagles.
Ahead of the clash between both countries in Kaliningrad, Russia on June 26, Pletikosa is backing the Croatians not only to beat Nigeria but also to qualify for the last sixteen of the 2018 World Cup.
Pletikosa was in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Saturday to open the World Cup football park in the city that will host the third match in Group D between Argentina and Croatia.
The legend, who represented Croatia at the 2002, 2006 and 2014 World Cups, playing nine games in total, was at the ceremony also attended by Roman Pavlyuchenko, Aleksandr Mostovoy and Dmitry Cheryshev.
Pletikosa, who played in the same Shakhtar Donetsk team with former Eagles striker, Julius Efosa Aghahowa, kept goal for Spartak Moscow and Deportivo La Coruña before retiring in 2016.
He reckoned that his experiences alongside Nigerian players is enough to inform him that they will pose a huge threat against Croatia on June 26, but interjected that his country has a squad good enough to overcome the opposition.
Pletikosa declared: ”The first meeting against Nigeria will be crucial. I believe in our players and coaches, we will be in the second round and we can go far. We have a team that is the best in recent years, players playing in top clubs
”All Croatian fans expect the team to pass through the group. It is difficult to predict what can then happen, depending on opponents at the knockout stage.”