"I am sure everyone liked the way they played, and so did I".
"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games".
"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.
Shortly after Croatia had equalised, a France corner was headed on into the six-yard box, with the ball striking Ivan Perisic's hand. "We are a small country, but we always go far", said Pastor Marko Stefanec who has been organizing Federation Internationale de Football Association viewing parties in his church's basement since the Croatia's first game in the 2018 World Cup.
Deschamps sees no reason why France would have an easier time against the Real Madrid star in Sunday's final, simply because they have already coped with Hazard's Belgium and Messi's Argentina in the knockout phase. "We will be sad today and tomorrow but after some weeks we will be proud of this team".
"I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in this tournament; we controlled the match but we conceded".
"I feel like we're number one, even though we lost", said Zeljko Brnjas who moved to Canada from Croatia in 1962.
"I respect the referee, he made the decision he thought was right. You need to go stronger, we managed to do so".
Montreal's French population will be gathering in several restaurants and bars on Sunday to watch the long-awaited World Cup final between France and Croatia. It's been a tough period, but it's been handsome to work for the lads. This is life. I think that overall Croatia played a great tournament. "If there was a stadium big enough for 4.5 million people, it would be full".
"I'm proud of my players, I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of my country", he concluded, leaving the press conference room to a round of applause.