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Croatia newspaper attacks Canada World Cup coach

Canada head coach John Herdman made headlines following his team’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Wednesday, headlines a Croatia newspaper jumped on. The Canadians played very well against one of the World Cup favorites, but failed to collect any points on the night. Herdman also made an interesting speech to his players following the game.

The coach was then interviewed and asked what he told his team following the disappointing defeat. “I told them they belong here. And we’re going to go and F Croatia,” said Herdman. “That’s as simple as it gets.”

Herdman’s comments obviously did not go down well in Croatia. 24sata, a daily newspaper in the country’s capital of Zagreb, put the Canadian coach on the front page in interesting style. Alongside a mock photo of Herdman, the headline reads: “You have the mouth but do you have the balls as well?”

Following the backlash, Herdman clarified his comments. “I mean, you say those things in an impassioned moment trying to inspire your team in a huddle,” stated Herdman. “And when you’re asked a question ‘What did you say in that huddle?’ It’s what I said. It’s not massively respectful to Croatian people and the Croatian national team.”

“I understand very well where we’re at on the world stage, but in that moment you enter that next place, you take your team to that next place that we’re here to be fearless and to bring everything we’ve got to that game.”

Canada manager means no disrespect towards Croatia after newspaper headline

Herdman insisted that he meant to harm or disrespect with his comments, but also claimed that this is the mindset his team needs.

“I mean no disrespect to the Croatian team and Croatian people, but at the end of the day it’s a mindset that Canada is going to have if we’re going to have three points against one of the top teams in the world,” Herdman continued. “And it’s the mindset we took to Belgium. We have to; it’s…

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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2022-11-25 18:38:20

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