Expect tons of changes for the Bulgaria friendly on Tuesday, per Sportske Novosti.
Croatia manager, Zlatko Dalić, has already said that many key starters from the Slovenia match will sit in lieu of a B-squad. Modrić, Perišić, Kovačić, Livaković will all see the bench for the following Starting XI:
Ivušič will be in goal. Dalić looks to play another 3-5-2 formation with Vida, Škorić, and Ćaleta-Car in the back. Barišić will play on the left wing while the jury is still out on Juranović on the right wing as he played Saturday vs. Slovenia. Moro, Pašalić, and Majer will boss the midfield while Vlašić and Livaja play as strikers up top.
It’s the right move as the game versus Bulgaria means absolutely nothing for the Vatreni. Croatia has already locked up a Pot 2 seeding (2nd strongest possibility) for the World Cup draw this Friday.
So what should we be looking forward to against Bulgaria?
All eyes on Ivušić in goal and Livaja up top. Goalkeeper and striker are Croatia’s Achille’s Heel at the moment.
Where is Borna Sosa? He is with the team but picked up a small knock not worth risking for this week’s friendlies. Dalić promised to return him back to Stuttgart in the best possible shape.