Croatia looked lackluster, unlike the 2018 World Cup runners-up, which drew 1-1 with Armenia last Tuesday, and were lucky not to concede more goals against Belgium.
But Dalic insists his team will be ready when they open their Group D campaign against England at Wembley on Sunday.
“I’m sure England will be very fierce from the start, and we have to avoid problems,” Dalic told Croatian TV Nova, after the defeat by Romelu Lukaku.
He added, “We played a good game, we didn’t create many chances, but we made progress, and the team looks more cohesive than previous games, and the performance is encouraging.” Dalic knows that Croatia need more work to reach their top level when facing England.
He continued, “We need more forward passes and shots on goal, and more running towards the penalty area. I did not like some periods against Belgium, but I will keep my opinions in the dressing room, to deal with things with the players.”
Croatia plays the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on June 18, then faces Scotland at the same stadium four days later.