Croatia’s team boss Zlatko Dalic declared – as expected – a more aggressive approach than the 0:1 against the English. Luka Modric is being described as an important player. Although already 35 years old, the Real Madrid midfielder is still the Croatian team’s all-around take with his 138 international matches.
“He has a lot of experience and knows how to play big tournaments,” said their strategist K Dallick. Modric, who was named the best player at the World Cup in Russia three years ago and later a world footballer, should continue to inspire the team.
Group D, 2nd match day
Friday, 6 p.m., live on ORF1:
Croatia – Czech Republic
Glasgow, Hampden Park, SR Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Croatia: Livakovic – Versalco, Caleta-Carr, Vida, Guardiol – Modric, Vlasic, Kovacic – Rebic, Kramarik, Perisic
Czech Republic: Vaiklik – Kaufal, Selustka, Kalas, Boril – Kral, Sausek – Masopust, Darida, Janko – Shik
Any Croatian person Schick. not marked for
Of course Croatia still lives up to the prestige of the time. From the last twelve games since September last year, only three wins – two of them against Malta and Cyprus – have been recorded. Among the opponents were not only France, Belgium and Portugal, but also Armenia and Slovenia. Croatian media listed hopefully that the national team never lost an EM or a second group game in a World Cup.
Croatians do not want to pay special attention to Patrick Schick. The Czech centre-forward stunned a 2-0 win over Scotland with a dream goal almost from the center line. There will be no man coverage against the Bayer Leverkusen striker, Croatia assistant coach Vedran Korluka confirmed. You want to focus more on your own performance. “We have problems in the last third of the field, we don’t create enough chances. We are working hard to change that,” said Corluca.
Czech Republic may play in counterattack
After a successful start, everything was fine for the check. It can be expected that the team will counter-attack from a secure defensive position. Croatia need three points after the loss, they will attack. We have an idea of how we will play against them,” said goalkeeper Tomas Váklik, who was strong in the opening game.
Bringing Modric under control is the key to success, said Ondrej Selustka: “He’s the brain in your game.” The defender also added: “You have some other offensive players who act at a higher level.” With players like Lady Kremrich, Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic certainly have a lot of potential.
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