Croatia withdrew from the European Championships, but after defeating Spain, we immediately wrote about its bright future.
Although the competition was a failure from a competition point of view, several names came to the fore and played an important role. A player finally came out of the shadows, most of which are completely unfair, he has been there for too long. Mateo Kovacic played the best game of his life for the national team. The last time we saw Luka Modric was probably in a major event. If Modric bid farewell before the World Cup, then Kovacic’s game is one of the most important stories of the national team’s future.
Since his transfer from Dynamo to Inter Milan as one of the greatest talents in Croatian football history, the public has high hopes for Kovacic. The next transfers and trophies of Real Madrid and Chelsea only emphasize the image of a player who is much weaker in the national team than in the club, and how he is overrated. The main argument is that Kovacic “does not have the ball”, which is roughly the culmination of critical and analytical thinking about football in the domestic public space.
“I have no opinion on criticism, not much. Because we have few experts, I will not pay too much attention. Of course, I receive good and bad criticism, but in some cases it is indeed very Ugly. But I have to fight for this because it is true for others and it is true for me. It is true that I did not do my best in the national team, but I have always been there and I have always been ready to be needed in Croatia. Do my best when I’m doing it. Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse, but I’ve been playing for my country, and of course I’ve been doing my best,” Kovacic said at a press conference before the game. . This is the first time that he publicly expressed dissatisfaction with his treatment in public, and showed a face that we have never seen before.
Worse, this impression is forced by some professionals. “There is one person who disappointed me. I hope he can become our key player. Kovacic shined in England last season. He is Chelsea’s best player. I am very happy about that. In Porto, he is In the game played a hostile role. Our “a boy with all the tendencies to become a new Boban or Asanovic has become a loser. He no longer has a place here,” Siro Blazevic in 11 last year. Said after defeating Portugal in the League of Nations at the end of the month.
In a statement, the former Croatian coach confirmed a public evaluation of Kovacic as a national team player. It’s a bit strange that only Perisic, Modric and Vader have played more games in the national team than him, but Kovacic only started twice in a big game, against Brazil in 2014 and against Brazil in 2018. Iceland. Of course, his games on the Croatian jersey are not always great, but there is a clear reason for this.
Luka Modric is one of the best midfielders in football history. The level of possession he provided for the team, the ability to get rid of the opponent in the first step, the ability to withstand pressure, and the rehearsal of the match have reached a level that we have never seen in modern football, except for the legendary duo Harvey Ines. tower. No player doesn’t like playing with Modric, because he makes everyone around him better. This is true for all players in the world, except maybe Mate Kovačić.
His biggest problem in the national team is not only that he played Modric’s position, which is why he can’t expect to be in the top 11 before Rakitic retires, and his ideal role is very similar to Modric. Kovacic is also a player who relieved the pressure in the reception, and he performed very well in both directions, one-on-one. He proved this when he won the Player of the Season award at Chelsea last season, but he simply couldn’t accept it in the national team.
He likes to catch, save and distribute the ball in the low post during the first phase of the offense. Chelsea needs such a player. Croatia is not, because it has Modric to do better, and Brozovic is closer to defense. In the preliminary matches against Belgium and the European Cup, it was seen that their three-person lineup had a big problem, because the attack of the midfield was still cut off and all the players were looking for the ball in the midfield. The same area.
Kovacic did a good job, Modric did a better job. Already used to the role of passing the ball from defense to the front line at Chelsea, Kovacic has been looking for his place in the national team over the years, trying to adapt and find his comfort zone. What once succeeded only occasionally has become the standard for the European Cup.
In almost all statistical categories, he is one of the best and most important players in the world runner-up. He needs a big game where he proves to himself and the public that he is ready for the role that awaits him.
The departure of big-name players who have long revolved around a team’s game concept almost inevitably leads to a decline. He was logical and expected. Links will take some time to adapt to the new hierarchy and make the best system out of all the remaining content. With Modric’s departure, the Croatian team will fall is expected, because even at the age of 36, he is the best player in every game of the national team.
At present, apart from France and Spain, no country in the world can replace such players, so it is difficult to expect a country with Croatian demographics to have such players. Mateo Kovačić is by far the best choice, probably all over the world.