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Euro 2012: Croatia’s Slaven Bilic rues missed chances against Spain

June 19, 2012

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• Bilic ends six years as Croatia coach in frustration over defeat
• ‘We didn’t take the chances that came our way against Spain’

Slaven Bilic’s six-year reign as the Croatia coach ended in frustrating fashion when a 1-0 defeat by the holders Spain knocked the Balkan country out of Euro 2012 and left the coach wondering what might have been.

“I didn’t expect this to be my last game in charge because I thought we would get past the group stage with this phenomenal group who’ve shown great character and built a fantastic atmopshere,” he told Croatian television.

“I want to congratulate the players for six years of impeccable work and behaviour. I will leave nothing in the tank either profesionally or emotionally whatever I do next but I will never be as proud as I was while coaching my country, which is a rare privilege and especially so for a young coach like myself,” he said.

“We had a plan, we stuck to it and our strategy to be aggressive worked except that we didn’t take our chances against Spain when they came our way,” he added. Read More [
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