Branko Ivankovic, the former Croatia assistant coach, knows just how dangerous World Cup hosts can be.
We take a look at the other hosts to have exceeded expectations as Russia prepare for their World Cup quarter-final against Croatia.
Luka Modric always looked like developing into one of the world's best players, his former Dinamo Zagreb coach Branko Ivankovic said.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is confident the current generation can surpass the efforts of the 1998 side, who finished third 20 years ago.
Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev says he has recovered from the hamstring injury that has dogged his World Cup ahead of the quarter-finals.
Croatia is dreaming of the ultimate success following years of promise as it prepares to face host Russia in the quarterfinals.
Croatia have a huge opportunity at the World Cup, former assistant coach Branko Ivankovic said.
Eight teams will become four at the World Cup as the quarter-finals take place on Friday and Saturday. Here we analyse the fixtures.
Croatia are dreaming of the ultimate success following years of promise as they prepare to face hosts Russia in the quarter-finals.
Luka Modric has starred for Croatia at the World Cup, but Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic are focusing on the team.