The Croatian team played the general in the European Championship on Sunday night. The world runner-up lost 1-0 to Belgium in Brussels, completing the preparation cycle for two friendly matches. Let us remind you that Croatia played a 1:1 match with Armenia in Velikiy Gorica on June 1.
Zlatko Dalić’s national team will make the final preparations in Rovinj, followed by the European Cup that opens on June 13. Croatia will face England at Wembley on Sunday. Before that game, Dalic must decide who will enter the starting lineup.
These are the positions of defenders, three midfielders and forwards. Dalic started Berno Barisic in the left-back game against Belgium. In the 46th minute, he introduced the national team debut Josco Guardiola (19 years old).
Guardiola may start for England, Dalic is seriously considering. Also competing for this position is Domagoy Bradalic, who has more offensive characteristics, so it is hard to believe that Dalic can overthrow him in the first minute at Wembley.
Croatia has long-term problems with the right back position. Šime Vrsaljko was left with injuries, but he warmed up on the Atletico Madrid bench last spring.
Obviously, in the game against Belgium, Fosalica lacked a game and just recovered. This is not Vrsaljko in 2018, but the question is whether Croatia has a better choice in that position. In the game, the most logical choice was Josep Yuranovic, who had already gotten a chance with Dalic in the previous test.
Domagoj Vida and Duje Ćaleta-Car should be safe in England’s gear. Dejan Lovren suffered a knee injury and should return to the team towards the end of the group stage. Dalic hopes to use it in the knockout stage.
Dalic used the midfield trio Luka Modric-Marcelo Brozovic-Kovacic against Belgium, although passing the National League qualifiers and friendly matches is not his first choice. Kovacic’s position is questionable. Mario Passalic, Nikola Vlasic and some more offensive variants, Andre Kramarić, will compete for this position in front of midfielder Modric Brozovic .
At the end of the voting, we will also leave the question of the center. Bruno Petkovic is Dalic’s first choice as a lone point guard. On the eve of Belgium, Dalic explained how he wanted to use Petkovic and what kind of football he expected of him. Petkovic’s biggest opponent in lineup and game characteristics is Ante Budimir, and Andrei Kramarić and Ante Rebic are still competing on the offensive end.
Klamarić sometimes knows how to play forward under Dalic, but this is not for him. Kramaric complained publicly that he had never been the highest point of his career and that he felt best in the position behind the striker. On the other hand, Rebic is more often used as a prominent point guard in Milan, so in some ideas he is also useful in this position.
There is no problem with the position of the wing near Dalic. Ivan Perisic is safe on the left, Mislav Orsic is in the game, Josip Brekalo, Ante Rebic and Andrei Kramaric are on the right.