Key gamers, accidents, techniques & match prediction

Key players, injuries, tactics & tournament prediction

For the primary time of their historical past, Croatia will enter a World Cup through which the one option to higher their earlier outcome can be to win the entire thing.

Zlatko Dalic’s facet shocked everybody once they made a run all the best way to the 2018 remaining, falling to a stacked France facet in Moscow.

The Vatreni could have their work reduce out in the event that they’re to even match these achievements from Russia in Qatar, however now that they’ve a wealth of match expertise behind them, such a feat won’t be essentially the most surprising factor.

Here is the whole lot it is advisable learn about Croatia forward of the 2022 World Cup.

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid)

Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Actual Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalaic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Luka Sucic (Pink Bull Salzburg)

Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Cut up)

Backup goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic is the one member of Dalic’s ordinary contingent that may miss the World Cup by means of harm.

Dominik Kotarski, Nediljko Labrovic, Duje Caleta-Automotive, Marin Pongracic, Luka Ivanusev, Josip Misic, Josip Brekalo and Antonio Colak had been reduce from the preliminary squad.

Luka Modric

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Luka Modric

Nonetheless going robust at 37, Luka Modric might be dreaming of swapping silver for gold on the World Cup this time round. His performances in 2018 helped him win the Ballon d’Or, and whereas he understandably is not as constant a participant today, he nonetheless steps up in massive moments and might be essential to their probabilities as soon as extra.

Marcelo Brozovic

One in all Europe’s perennially underrated midfielders, Marcelo Brozovic might be serving to Modric in the midst of the park once more. Nonetheless solely 29, the Inter star brings as a lot expertise as power and can relish their massive encounters – a duel with Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium on matchday three goes to be significantly tasty.

Ivan Perisic

Listed as a ahead for nation however enjoying at wing-back for membership, Croatia will once more lean on Ivan Perisic to assist lead them at a significant match. Solely Modric and Darijo Srna have extra caps for the nation than the Tottenham man, who has come into type on the proper time.

Josko Gvardiol

Chelsea had been prepared to interrupt the financial institution for RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol in the summertime (and so they should still achieve this down the road), and the 20-year-old ought to see his inventory rise as soon as he will get his first style of World Cup expertise.

A lot of Croatia’s centre-back choices are within the twilight of their careers, however Gvardiol offers Dalic an opportunity to refresh a squad which may look very completely different over the following few years.

Dalic has closely favoured a 4-3-3 system in 2022, trying to weld collectively his skilled core and a few brisker faces.

Croatia predicted XI: Livakovic; Juranovic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic; Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic

Croatia booked a spot within the UEFA Nations League finals previous to this yr’s World Cup, profitable 4 and drawing one in every of their final 5 outings.

They’re one in every of few competing nations who will play a pleasant earlier than the match kicks off on Sunday, with a match in opposition to Saudi Arabia set to happen on Wednesday.

Croatia’s final 5 outcomes (all competitions)

Croatia 1-1 France
Denmark 0-1 Croatia
France 0-1 Croatia
Croatia 2-1 Denmark
Austria 1-3 Croatia

This can possible be the swan-song of Croatia’s golden technology, and for a rustic of below 4 million folks, they need to be pleased with their achievements.

For them to match their run at 2018 would in all probability be a good larger feat than the unique, although with it being such a bizarre World Cup, you may’t rule out a darkish horse going far once more.

Sadly for Croatia, there are different darkish horses with brisker legs than theirs. Save up for the Nations League parade as a substitute, lads.

Prediction: Final 16

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