Zlatcko Dalic was keen to move on from Croatia's achievement in the opening rounds of the 2018 World Cupas he switched focus to his side's upcoming clash against Denmark.
The Croatian contingent snatched all available points from their exploits in Group D, an introductory campaign that ended with a 2-1 win over an inspired Iceland in Rostov on Tuesday night.
They are now set to face the Danish Dynamite in a round of 16 match which takes place on Sunday and the manager was quick to move past what took place in the group stage, with the next match on the mind.
“No-one expected nine points but that is what we have ended up with,” Dalic said during his presser, following the win (H/T the Irish Examiner).
“We have to put those three matches behind us. We have to focus on Denmark, it is our moment of truth on Sunday.
“From this moment on the group stage is over, we have done a job so far. I don’t think we will end in the last 16.
“What awaits us is the most important thing for us. We have done what we wanted to do."
The Croatia gaffer also praised Iceland's performance, declaring that the character they displayed on Tuesday is very good for football.
“I think Iceland have shown which is something very important in football and that is character and fight," he added. "I can only congratulate them for their performance.”