Croatia have risen to one of the best soccer teams in the world. For a side that has been in and around international achievements for decades it is, perhaps, the calibre of their talent that aspires crop after crop of international stars to keep coming through. If you look around the side now you will see stars like Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic as emblems of the Croatian National Team.

Croatia National soccer Team: Tactics & style to play

Croatia are able to adapt their play through two primary formations, or variations of: 4-3-3 and 3-5-2. The system 4-3-3 is the nation’s preferred formation where one of the world’s best midfielders, Luka Modric, is able to cut in from the flank and link-up play with the front players. In formations like 4-3-3, if practiced, the formation can cause defenses havoc with the movement of the front 3. A movement that allows for Modric to cut inside and cause an overload on the defense whilst the central midfielders also join the play. Ivan Perisic has the ability to go inside or outside of his man which keeps defenders guessing whether there will be linked up play or crossing from the outside.

The World Cup PREDICTIONS & What to Expect?

Croatia are a side that are capable of competing in the final stages of the World Cup, for sure. Croatia finished in third place in 2018 and seem to be a side that perform better at the World Cup than the Euros. The 2022 World Cup is likely to be Luka Modric last campaign, at 36 years old, he is seen as the greatest Croatian soccer player to have ever lived. If Luka Modric performs anything like he did at the Euros last campaign, Croatia are in with a shout of fighting for a medal in the finals.

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Croatia National Soccer Team: Top 5 Players

Luka Modric:

Captain Luka Modric plays for Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the world. His ability on the ball is renowned as he jinks inside and outside players creating space for himself and teammates. He is capable of turning a game on its head with his soccer IQ. For me, his deep knowledge of the game and phases of play makes him one of the best midfielders in the world.

Ivan Perisic:

Inter Milan player, Ivan Perisic, is a dangerous player. His ability to drop in the hole, pick up the ball and link up play causes defenders a logistical nightmare as he pulls them from positions. He is capable of high speed dribbling and has the brain to match his technical ability. He is ageing but Ivan Perisic is still performing at the top level in Serie A.

Ante Rebic:

 Ante Rebic plays on the wing or as a second striker for AC Milan, another successful player in Serie A from Croatia. He is a very capable player and in his prime at 28 years old. He has played a number of games for Croatia and, although, he does not have a great goal scoring record he is still capable of many assists.

Josko Gvardiol:

 Although on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol plays for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. He is a centre back and is also capable of playing left back with his strong left foot. He is defensively strong but also has good technique and capable of clever deliveries at distance.

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Josip Stanisic:

 Fledgling star Josep Stanisic plays for Bayern Munich, one of the worlds greatest teams, at just 21. His composure on the ball has allowed him to challenge for multiple starts in Bayern Munich’s first team and his height and strength give him supreme physical attributes in a strong league. A successful World Cup campaign for Croatia and his value will raise. He is the defensive future for the Croatian National Team.

Who is Croatia’s Soccer Manager?

Zlatko Dalic, an ex defensive midfielder that champions defensive autonomy. His National side are strong in defence, hard to break down and hold shape extremely well. He became a player in 1983 and since 2004 has been managing teams in various places including the UAE. Overall he is a well-rounded manager with plenty of experience but, this is perhaps, his greatest challenge managing a National Team with expectations.

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