Croatia give Wales respect

Croatia are full of praise for Wales, and particularly Gareth Bale, as they prepare to meet on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 25/03/13 at 19:37 Post Comment

Gareth Bale: Set to face Luka Modric when Wales face Croatia

Gareth Bale: Set to face Luka Modric when Wales face Croatia

Former Middlesbrough star Alen Boksic, now assistant coach to Igor Stimac, believes that Bale is the third best player in the world.

"Bale is a much better player than I ever was! He is just like Messi and Ronaldo, he is third best in the world right now," Boksic told Sportske Novosti.

"His physical abilities are unbelievable, he has a great strike and he also has something that could be a big problem for us - you just don't know in which position he plays."

Former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric is already a confirmed Bale fan, and he says it is a relief to Croatia that his team-mates Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen will not be playing.

"Gareth Bale is the most dangerous man in the Wales team, but for us it is very good news that Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey are not playing," he said.

"Those two are the most creative players in the Wales squad. They are really dangerous and hard to deal with. It is really good news for us that they are not playing.

"Bale triggers everything for the Wales team. We will have to be very careful with him. But we stopped him once and I believe that we can do it once again."

Croatia will go into the game without their hugely experienced defender Joe Simunic.

"Ten minutes before the end of Serbia match I felt something in my calf muscle. It was not a big pain but when I was under the shower it got bigger and bigger," he explained.

"Next day I went for a medical exam and it showed that I ruptured my muscle. I will miss the Wales match for sure but then I will return soon. I just hope that my team-mates will not miss me too much. It will be hard not to help them but that's football. There is nothing I can do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Adrian Mutu and Mikael Silvestre to play in India

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus forward Adrian Mutu to sign for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Mail Box

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property