CSKA Moscow’s Nikola Vlasic, on loan from Everton, has made his predictions for the Champions League and his feelings about his parent club clear.
Speaking to Gazetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, the Croatian said that he believes the Toffees’ Merseyside rivals Liverpool will be crowned the winners of the Champions League this season, but he wasn’t done there.
The 21-year-old, who scored the winner in Moscow’s Champions League group stage victory over holders Real Madrid, then went on to profess his admiration for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, possibly sneaking in a sly dig at Everton as he did so.
“Only the top five or six teams, managed by foreigners like Klopp and Guardiola, play great football. The others only think about defending, […] that’s not how I want to play.”
The former Hajduk Split man was a bit part player at Goodison Park as the club chopped and changed managers and, following Marco Silva’s summer spending spree, has fallen down the pecking order.
However, by the sounds of it he doesn’t seem too bothered and it looks unlikely that there will be a warm welcome when his loan spell in Russia ends.
Here’s how Everton fans reacted to his comments on Twitter…
Haha so bitter. This is the same lad who said he’s the best player in the Everton squad
— Will (@WAJG_96) October 22, 2018
Should send him some clips of Bernard and Richarlison along with a ticket to China
— Marc Christopher (@MarcC856) 22 October 2018
think nikola vlasic hates us xx
— ً (@gylfisigurds) October 22, 2018
I use to like Nikola Vlasic
— ❄️J ❄️ (@TWxllcott) October 22, 2018
Vlasic showing Lookman how you get your move here. https://t.co/3qxVoWocsu
— TheGodlessBlueBear (@MoshirisMyMate) October 22, 2018
Bye Nikola ?
— MGL (@Marty_Logue) 22 October 2018
See ya later lad
— Pete Edwards (@PeteEds78) 22 October 2018
Are you going to tell him or shall I
— Trevor McKinlay (@TrevorMcKinlay) 22 October 2018