There should be fewer foreigners in the Indian leagues: Croatia coach Dalic

NEW DELHI: Zlatko Dalic who guided Croatia At the end of the 2018 World Cup, on Friday the participation of more Indian players in the country was called football leagues at the expense of foreigners.

Soccer coaches across the country had Dalic as a company during an online session hosted by the Sports Authority of India and All-India Football Federation .

The 53-year-old man who continues to coach the national team shared his training experiences for nearly half an hour.

I see too many foreigners in the Indian local leagues, there should be fewer foreigners in the Indian local leagues because it hinders the development of local players, Dalic said.

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It is difficult to build a strong base of local talent if too many foreigners play in the national leagues.

Dalic stressed on the importance of why a solid grassroots coaching system must exist for top players to emerge, and said a similar system in Croatia has managed to throw up talent despite it being a country of just four million people.

"We have good coaches in our football system who have been there from the grassroot level. That is what has enabled players like Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic to break through, he said.

Croatia famously reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after beating a number of fancied teams like Argentina and England on the way.

Dalic said that his biggest challenge was never the talent and quality at his disposal, but rather getting Croatia to play as a team during the event.

No one trusted our team before the World Cup, but we had performed well in the past decade. When you play for the national team, you don't need motivation, playing for the country is enough motivation, he said.

"The likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic are fantastic players but my big task was to ensure that this group plays like a team.

The key to our success at that World Cup was that we played as a team. During the prize distribution, Modric won the Ballon d'Or, but he was very sad that his country was unable to win the final.