Gospodine Dalić, what are you doing???
Croatia have two more UEFA Nations League matches later this month versus Denmark and Austria to close out international play in 2022 before the World Cup kicks off in November. That’s only two months away! Vida and Lovren in the squad scare the shit out of me! And how can you not call up Čolak? Hallo.
Our young defenders have been playing some great ball for both club and country the past few months. The new generation is here. Play them! If Lovren and Vida are in the squad to ride the bench in a senior role the rest of the year, I’m all for that. But if they play these UNL games that only means Dalić is seriously thinking about starting Lovren, Vida, or both of them together in Qatar. And I don’t like the idea of that one iota.
Juranović has been lights out for Celtic on the wing. The same can be said for Sosa in the Bundesliga, even though he didn’t get the transfer he was looking for next week. He will be fine. Gvardiol will be a top-10 defender in the world in the next season or two. Then there’s Erlić, DCC, Šutalo battling for the last spot central defensive spot. But they will never get their shot if Dalić keeps playing Lovren and Vida.
And what about poor Antonio Čolak? The guy has been on absolute fire for Rangers in the young season and single-handedly helped them qualify for Champions League football this season. Sure, he doesn’t play in a top-5 league, but scoring seven goals in as many matches to start the new campaign (domestic and Europe) should have earned Čolak at least a bench spot for Nations League. The Vatreni still do not have a solidified striker for the World Cup in my opinion. Kramarić has one goal in the Bundesliga this season. Petković scored a nice bicycle kick for Dinamo in CL qualifying, but Čolak has been the most consistent. Shame he is not getting the call.
I just don’t understand the logic behind it. At least give Čolak the nod ahead of Budimir who has not done anything in La Liga this year.