World Cup Qualifier Corluka expecting another tough Turkey test for Croatia

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka is expecting another stern test against Turkey in World Cup qualifying, having faced the same opponent at Euro 2016.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka is expecting another stern test against Turkey in World Cup qualifying, having faced the same opponent at Euro 2016.

And the Lokomotiv Moscow defender also warned his team-mates that a tighter format would not allow for the same mistakes as in Euros qualification.

Finishing second behind Italy was enough for Croatia to scrape by en route to France, where they dispatched Turkey 1-0 in their opening game, but a similar performance this time around would result in the lottery of the play-offs.

Corluka is keen to avoid such an outcome, urging his side to get off to a winning start in Zagreb.

"I expect a different game, especially with regard to the environment," he told a media conference ahead of the game.

"We will be maximally motivated. It will not be the same open Euros qualifications where there is a possibility to repair the situation.

"Turkey are without several players from the European Championship, but I think they will have no less quality due to that because their younger players are equally motivated.

"Matches with them are always hard and the field could be similar to Paris."

Corluka also acknowledged the absence of retired captain Darijo Srna, insisting that, although he is a big miss, Croatia must move on.

"We feel his absence, especially in the atmosphere," he continued. "He was our authority, but also the bearer of the good atmosphere, and will be sadly missed on and off the field.

"Of course, through the ranks come new, young forces and there is no time to cry."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email:

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Let Me Die! How Countryman Songo mourned KABA in the middle of the...bullet
2 Business-Minded Players Asamoah Gyan and 6 other Ghanaian players who...bullet
3 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan- I was a major transfer target...bullet
4 Ghanaian Players Abroad Asamoah Gyan regrets his decision to leave...bullet
5 Ghana or Newcastle? Who’s to blame for Christian Atsu’s injury?...bullet
6 Premier League Andre Ayew angry to have missed West Ham’s...bullet
7 Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah to invest in a solar...bullet
8 Full Fitness Kwesi Appiah can't wait to get back on the...bullet
9 Black Starlets Sports Ministry to review cash reward...bullet
10 Legendary 5 great football players who retired in 2017bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Andre Ayew’s screamer wins Premier League Goal for Octoberbullet
2 Video This sumptuous Ayew’s goal nominated for goal of the month awardbullet
3 Video Ghanaians will forever love Junior Agogo for this goalbullet
4 Video Highlights of former Ghana and Ajax midfielder who passed awaybullet
5 Video Ex-Manchester United defender shown red for kicking fanbullet
6 Video Watch Andre Ayew's brace against Tottenhambullet
7 Asamoah Gyan Gyan to Real Madridbullet
8 Video Watch Ghanaian youngster's brace for Arsenalbullet
9 Video Watch how France whipped Ghana 8-0 on Mondaybullet
10 Video Watch Thomas Partey's goal against Elchebullet