Niko Kovac: 'Croatia have point to prove against Iceland'

Mladen Petric of Croatia attacks during the International Friendly match between Croatia and Korea Republic at Craven Cottage on February 6, 2013
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Niko Kovac says that Croatia will show the 'true face of the national team' when they face Iceland in the World Cup playoffs.

Niko Kovac has said that his Croatia team are determined to prove their doubters wrong ahead of their World Cup playoff against Iceland.

The 42-year-old took charge on a temporary basis in October after Igor Stimac resigned as manager due to Croatia failing to win any of their final four qualifiers.

"I can see a spark in the eyes of my players," quotes him as saying. "I can see they want to prove to the public that they are better than people think.

"They want to prove they are top players and a top team who deserve a ticket to Brazil. You will see the true face of the Croatian national team in this first match."

Croatia face Iceland in the first leg of their playoff in Reykjavik on Friday evening.

Igor Stimac coach of Croatia during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group A Qualifier match between Wales and Croatia at the Liberty Stadium on March 26, 2013
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