Sunday June 17 2012
Bilic: 'Italy have to trust Croatia'

Slaven Bilic has assured Italy they “have to trust” Croatia not to stitch them up intentionally with Spain tomorrow.

The Azzurri must beat the Republic of Ireland to have any chance of going through, but a 2-2 draw in the other game will make any Italian result futile.

“We are sportsmen and have our honour to defend,” insisted Coach Bilic in his Press conference.

“We are not thinking about ripping anyone off and we won’t do it. The Spaniards think the same way as we do.

“Italy have to trust us and relax. If the game does end 2-2, it will be a coincidence and not a stitch-up.

“We respect Spain a great deal, as they are the reigning champions and the strongest side in the world right now.

“However, this is one of the most important games in the history of Croatia. We’ll do everything to win.”

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