"We keep hearing the same question and we give out the same answer", said Croatia's Ivan Perisic last week.
Before home fans, Russian Federation beat Spain 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their round of 16 match played a week ago at Luzhniki Stadium, goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev becoming the hero of local fans by saving two penalties to take his team to the quarter-finals.
Russian Federation forced the match to go into extra time, with a penalty shootout leading to Croatia's victory. The biggest challenge England faced so far was the Belgium game in the group stage which they lost. So this means more than just a semi-final of the World Cup'.
"It is true we have not made good results at major tournaments for decades, but we should not be surprised Croatia are in the last four of the World Cup given the quality of the players, which has been proven".More news: Father may lose all four limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in NJ
"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".
And the singing continued long into the night as players enjoyed a midnight meal together at the hotel with more renditions of Moja Domovina.
Seeking to shift the pressure to The Three Lions, Dalic told a press conference on the eve of the game that Croatia has no reason to feel nervous as they contemplate only the second World Cup semifinal in their comparatively short history.
"To beat them, we'll have to make our own luck ... we'll have to be ready to suffer".More news: Anderson stuns Federer in last 8
Bilic, who is a mentor to several of the present squad, including Modric having nurtured their talent as Croatia's Under-21 coach before becoming boss of the national side, added he is confident this team can go one better than he and his teammates in 1998 and reach the final. France scored two goals in its match against Uruguay, which has led to it facing off against Belgium - a team that beat five-time World Cup champion Brazil.
They will have to play much better, " said Reuters ahead of the game.
"I am very close to him at Liverpool and wish him all the best - but, like I say, hopefully that journey for him ends tomorrow".
"Holding the ball up, tirelessly stretching defenses into submission and making intelligent runs either onto throughballs or to open up space for Croatia's craftsmen are all caveats to Mandzukic's game.More news: Pakistani authorities arrest ousted premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law
Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semi-final and justify Croatia's status as a football superpower.at least a small one", the former Chelsea midfielder said.