The most read English daily newspaper, the tabloid “Daily Mail”, brought a large portrait of the world runner-up in England and Croatia four days before the European Cup.
“Croatia entered the 2018 World Cup finals and shocked the world, and even shocked itself. It managed to do this through a fast and efficient match, beating Argentina and England in the final, and beating France in the final round… In that game, everything came together: a mix of experience, young talent, and offensive aggressiveness. However, after the triumphant World Cup, he was in big trouble”, the email text began and continued:
“Of the 26 players participating in the European Cup, only 7 were the starters of the 2018 WC final. This clearly shows that something that has been happening in Croatia for too long is happening-the change of generations and the reconstruction of the national team. This is reflected in In its frustrating match, this was proved by the desperate matches and results of the two National Leagues. Croatia was sent back to the world from the heavenly heights of Russia.”
The Post pointed out that Croatia has not played close to its reputation or qualifications for major competitions: “It proved to be very bad in the European Championship and World Cup qualifying matches. Lost to weak Hungary and Slovenia, drew Wales, and only took One point. As England will try to take advantage of some shortcomings on Sunday, the Croatian team and the world’s second Croatian team have not changed much in their playing style. Today it is also a highly skilled team that will try to keep the ball. Impose its own style of play. However, as shown in the two preliminaries before the European Cup, Croatia’s defense is weak and the offense is ineffective.”
The British also elaborated on the reasons: “The retirement of Mario Mandzukic, the tall striker buried the England team with his left hand in the World Cup, which paralyzed Croatia. Croatia’s biggest problem is scoring goals, and this It is exactly what Bruno Petkovic of Dinamo Zagreb expected “Mandzukic, but his level is far below him.” Croatia often hoped that Mandzukic would be her savior, and now he was unsuccessfully kicked by Petkovic. He did not score for Croatia or save Croatia. “However, the email also found Petkovic’s qualities: “His strength is his physical fitness, and because of his strength and technique, he can control the ball. The sharp wings of Perisic and Rebic are very suitable for him. “
As for Croatia’s defensive issues, Meyer recalled: “After losing to Belgium, we pointed out that Croatia was once again dominated by the desperate game at halftime and the inability to catch anyone’s ball. That’s how Lukaku scored. A light pass is not a successful rejection of Croatia’s complete defense, unable to organize or coordinate to prevent the lonely Lukaku from scoring. England has made great progress in the World Cup with its excellent interruption use, and will certainly take the same measures against Croatia, failing to solve it. This is a big problem. Coach Dalic has not made a decision these days, until the European Cup, Croatia will pay for it.”
The third biggest shortcoming of Croatia is that the bench is thin, and the British are convinced: “When Dalic sees a lack of options on the bench, he will definitely pull out his hair. Championships are the best type of game to give new players a chance. Croatia The coach knows that he must be able to trust all 26 players. He wants to do something in the European Cup, but he still doesn’t know what he can get from most of his reserves.
However, the “Daily Mail” found at least one, which is a huge advantage for Croatia: “For 35 years, Luka Modric has been the key to every game in Croatia. This is why England is still facing A daunting task. Croatia will control the ball, patiently build an offense, give Modric the freedom and time to show that there is no better scene in sports than when the Real Madrid leader played at his peak. Although he is 35 years old, he proved that he can still Do it. Thanks to Modric’s brain working at the speed of light. This allows him to easily find his teammates and serve them.”
The Daily Mail concluded before the England and Croatia duel at Wembley: “Years are no longer on the side of Croatia. It has been in the process of reconstruction and generational change for a long time, but Croatia can be surprisingly… …”