World Cup: Croatia boss Igor Stimac going all out for win against Wales
By Jure Bohoric. Last Updated: October 16, 2012 11:36am
Igor Stimac: Looking to take Croatia one step closer to the 2014 World Cup
Croatia boss Igor Stimac will be looking to push Wales onto the back foot in their 2014 World Cup qualifier tonight.
Wales will be hoping to fire themselves back into the race for a top-two finish in Group A, but Croatia are determined to live up to their billing as favourites to reach Brazil.
Stimac knows every game and every point is important at this stage, and insists his side will be taking nothing for granted.
He intends to name his strongest possible team against Wales and hopes that by taking the game to the visitors, Croatia will emerge victorious.
"There will be no major changes," said Stimac.
"I'll stick with the team that beat Macedonia. You cannot change a winning team.
"It doesn't matter that some players are on yellow cards and are in danger of missing the first game in the New Year, we have an obligation to win.
"The match against Wales is very important for us and we will take it very seriously. We will do everything we can to take three points.
"It will be essential that we take the initiative and try to force Wales to defend for the whole 90 minutes. Control of the ball and tactical discipline are key if we are to obtain the result that we desire."