Lucky11 | FIFA World Cup: Croatia Full Squad Analysis
For the past 10 to 15 years, Croatia has been among the most challenging teams to play against. When they made it to the World Cup final in 2018 but lost to eventual to France, it was the peak of their national team's career. They intend to repeat that feat at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and advance further even another time. Prior to the major competition, we analyze their probable team and strongest lineup.
Between now and the World Cup, Dominik Livakovic appears to be Dalic's top choice, and that is unlikely to alter.
The only other goalkeeper with more than 10 caps in the final team is probably Lovre Kalinic. Ivica Ivusic and Ivo Grbic of Atletico Madrid will be watching the scenario intently, ready to seize the moment if an opportunity arises.
Zlatko Dalic will benefit from the expertise of Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida at the 2022 World Cup, while both Josip Juranovic and Borna Barisic may also be contenders for a front-row seat to Qatar.
The future of Croatia is represented by players like Josko Gvardioll and Josip Stanisic, who are probably already having an influence in Qatar.
The anticipated midfield trio for Dalic's Croatia XI will be Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, and captain Luka Modric. In the event that Dalic decides to rest one of his preferred midfielders, other players like Nikola Vlasic and Mario Pasalic must compete for their spots in the starting eleven.
Although late injury difficulties could widen the door, Croatia's midfield appears to be largely ready for the World Cup and it's unlikely that anyone else will have a go at it. Luka Sucic, a prospect for Red Bull Salzburg, has made an impression at the club level this season.
Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric, Croatia's go-to attackers, will already be daydreaming of creating and finishing opportunities at the World Cup.
In addition to Ante Budimir, Mislav Orsic of Dinamo Zagreb, who impressed against Chelsea in the Champions League, will be aiming to contribute to the team's offensive effort in Qatar.
Along with Belgium, Canada, and Morocco, Croatia is in Group F. They don't play Belgium until the last group match, giving them a chance to secure knockout qualification before facing Belgium.
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