The large percentage of the Croatian fans are hoping for a repeat of the heroics of the FIFA World Cup 1998 set, when the Blades finished in third place.
For TSG Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric, who is expected to turn 27 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the major objective is qualifying for the second round in a tough Group made up of Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina.
The striker who is expected to feature for the Blades in the team’s Group D match against Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday said, “The Nigeria game is all we are dreaming about. We do not dream of any quarter-finals or anything like that.”
“This is a great generation. Our motivation is at a high level. We want to get to the knockout stage, and with some luck we can achieve a great result.”
“I think it is Nigeria. Why? Against Nigeria we play the first, and for us the most important game,” he said.
“That game will open or close the door of the World Cup for us! Therefore we need to apply our full concentration. Argentina? We don’t need to talk about Argentina, we all know the great footballers they have. They are one of the favourites for the tournament.”
The forward emphasized on the need for the luck after their ouster to Portugal in the second round of Euro 2016. He also extolled the virtues and qualities of Real Madrid star Luka Modric.
“Considering how we played in France and what kind of impression we left, we should have played in the final, not Portugal. So I always say that it is necessary to have some luck.”
“Of course it is great to have Luka Modric in the team. He is one of the best footballers in the world. He helps us, but we also help him. He would surely want to achieve a great result with the team, which would be a crowning moment in his career.”