I will eat my words today. I was wrong, Dalić was right. But I will only eat them today. Earlier in the week I said that Dalić should sit Kramarić and Kovačić after invisible performances against Morocco. Krama should never play the #9 in Croatia's offense (it's not his natural position) and Kova should not play the duel #8 role alongside Modrić. That has always been clear … [Read more...] about No F***ing Today! Croatia Beats Canada 4-1, Take Over Top Spot In World Cup Group
We're now less than 48 hours away from Croatia's second World Cup match versus Canada on Sunday. With many Croatians around the world dissatisfied with the Vatreni performance against Morocco, what changes need to be made against Canada? Kramarić needs to start the match on the bench. We've known for well over a year that Croatia will have a striker problem heading into the … [Read more...] about Changes For Canada: Kramarić, Kovačić Must Sit
“You have a mouth on you, but do you have balls?!” This is what 24Sata published on their cover today replying to Canada manager, John Herdman, who said “Canada will “F” Croatia on Sunday.” Look, this is some of the best back-and-forth you will see between two nations at a World Cup before the opening whistle blows. But at the end of the day, how much motivation does … [Read more...] about SHOTS FIRED BACK! “You Have A Mouth On You, But Do You Have Balls?!”
“And we’re going to go and ‘F***’ Croatia.”-Canada manager, John Herdman, after their 1-0 loss to Belgium Wednesday. Bold statement, Canada. As if our boys didn’t need any more motivation this week. Croatia plays Canada Sunday at 11AM (ET). This is very un-Canadian like. I was under the impression Canadians are the nicest people on planet Earth. (although Herdman is … [Read more...] about OH CANADA: Canadian Manager Says: “We Will Go And F*** Croatia!”
The dust has now officially settled from Croatia's 0-0 draw vs. Morocco. Croatians across the globe are disappointed, confused, and flat out embarrassed by the result. Although a draw in your World Cup opening match is not the end of the world, it's the way our beloved Vatreni played that's most puzzling. Zlatko Dalić and Croatia played right into Morocco's "bunker … [Read more...] about Croatia vs. Morocco: The Good, The Bad, The UGLY
Disappointing. Toothless. Unimaginative. Croatia played without purpose as the Morocco "bunker" tactic would not break through 90 minutes. No attack. No movement. No runs up the wings from Sosa or Juranović. Croatia played the entire match like they were up two goals inside the first five minutes. Kramarić did nothing offensively. Kova barely saw the ball. Sosa and … [Read more...] about Croatia Play Without Purpose In 0-0 Draw vs. Morocco To Open Up World Cup Campaign
Reports out of Croatia (Sportske Novosti) are saying Dalić will go with Perišić, Kramarić, Vlašić in attack versus Morocco on Wednesday in a 4-3-3 formation with Modrić, Brozović, and Kovačić in the middle of the field. The Vatreni should manage 55-60% ball possession against Morocco with tons of quick plays down the wings. Kramarić isn't the point-man Croatia needs in the … [Read more...] about RUMOR MILL: Reports Saying It Will Be Perišić, Kramarić, Vlašić In Attack For Croatia vs. Morocco
Croatia are reigning World Cup finalists and currently ranked #12 in the FIFA rankings. In Las Vegas, the Vatreni have the 12th best odds to win the World Cup at a 50-1 payday. But let's be real here, Croatia are not the 12th best team at the 2022 World Cup. They're much better than #12 compared to other nations. So let's break it down. Who are ahead, behind, and level with … [Read more...] about Where Does Croatia Rank With The Favorites Going Into The World Cup?
It took Kramarić just 24 minutes to score the deciding goal against Saudi Arabia in Croatia’s final preparatory match before the World Cup kicks off. He created himself a shooting lane and topped it off with a clinical finish, exactly what the world’s top strikers do regularly. But will it be regular with Kramarić in Qatar? Can he find the consistency to string together … [Read more...] about Does Kramarić’s Performance Against The Saudis Change Anything?