Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic says it was the right decision for his team to travel to Sochi well in advance of their World Cup quarter-final against hosts Russia.
Croatia arrived in the southernmost host city of the tournament on Monday, a day after beating Denmark 3-2 on penalties in the round of 16, and will face Russia at the Fisht Stadium on Sunday morning (AEST).
"The match against Russia is going to be tough. They proved themselves against Spain," said Dalic.
"We have five days to get used to the temperature and humidity in Sochi, I think it was a good decision to come here immediately after the game against Denmark. The fans are happy, and the same goes for Russia, but we hope that our luck will last longer, and football will be a pleasure for fans."