Only Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren have been in the national team longer than him, but yesterday at Wembley, Mateo Kovacic played in Croatia. Starting for the third time in a major competition. Earlier, Nico Kovac sent him to the first game of the Brazil World Cup from the first minute against Brazil, and Zlatko Dalic gave him in the third game of the Russian group against Iceland. Consolation prize. But last night Kovacic’s position in the Croatian jersey was slightly different, he was safer in quality and closer to his role, but he never managed to reach and fulfil his full potential, as far as his career is concerned. In the national team has become a mystery, arguing for many years. Even Kovacic screamed at the press conference the day before the game against England, and for the first time responded to the criticisms related to him and answered the question of why he did not provide the best game for the national team.
“We don’t have many experts, so I didn’t touch these criticisms too much, but the truth is that, sometimes they say some very ugly things. I know I have been playing for the national team, and I have been doing my best. Yes, I did not show everything I could do in the national team, but I didn’t play in the club often. Maybe that’s why I’m not in the national team,” Kovacic, who rarely holds press conferences, told reporters . The national team, especially on the day before such an important and spectacular game.
This question is reasonable, and Kovacic’s answer is also reasonable. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid for many years and playing the most important game in the world, it is still not enough to find his permanent position in the club and the national team. Although his transfer cost hundreds of millions of euros, everyone has higher expectations of Kovacic, and this is only one reason-because all experts, even laymen, see his potential.
Goran Vlaović talked about this many times with host Dee Redžić in Index’s studio last night. The famous scorer and the expert commentator of the Champions League index pointed out in the game announcement that Kovacic is the iconic player of the Champions League, but we agree to wait until the end of the game, not to run too far and have a prediction.
He explained that what Flaovic has been hoping to play for the national team for many years has happened.
“He is definitely the best player in Croatia against England. He is the most scattered, he has provided, he hasn’t lost many goals, he is very eager, he doesn’t want it to be played in a fierce ball game,” Vlaovic Commented after the defeat. Croatia 1:0.
If we had something to gain in our first game against England, it would be Kovacic’s game, even though the England team commented after the game that they won Croatia in the midfield battle, and Dalic’s team was the most Strong. Vlaovic agrees that the Croatian midfielder is in the top three in the world, but pointed out that we still want to know why we can’t pass the ball to the offense, and when we pass the ball to the 16m zone, we don’t have a solution with a goal.
What role should Kovacic play, and should he play a key role? We discussed with Vlaovic on the show and asked whether the formation change and Vlasic’s entry into midfield can be done at the beginning of the second half. All of this did not make Kovacic’s position questioned. He and Luka Modric may be the only people who are confident in what they are doing on the court.
“Maybe our position is not very good, we didn’t even give Kovacic the right ball to keep him going. But compared to the game against Belgium, he is more eager to move forward, he wants to play, and he is determined,” Vlaovic commented.
When answering the question of who will become the Eurostar, Vlaovic mentioned that Kovacic is a player who has everything, but it is not clear why he did not continue to show in the national team. In the end someone must answer this question.
“I hope his outburst will happen eventually, because his ability is so high that he can’t even estimate it. I’m sorry, we can only see what he can do from him sometimes, not continuity,” Vlaovic said .
Kovacic replied that he also had no continuity at the club. However, the role of Luka Modric cemented his position in the national team.
“When he said that he always did his best, he was right. This person was really honest. All criticisms against him came from experts, not laymen, because they saw his abilities and knew they didn’t use them. In the end,” Vlaovic explained and concluded that he would let Kovacic play from the first minute and tell him to do whatever he wanted.