Croatia is set to play in the World Cup of 2022, and they are not slated as favorites to win. This article looks at what is in store for Croatia’s national soccer team if they lose their golden generation of players, and whether they can still be successful.
Jörg Wolfram reports from Qatar
It had something of Olympia when Croatia’s national coach Plato Dali raised on Friday: This is the match for 3rd location, we wish to go back to Zagreb with the bronze medal, stressed the 56-year-old against Morocco before the little final this Saturday.
10s of thousands, perhaps hundreds, need to then wait once again after returning to the group around captain Luka Modrić.
4 years earlier, the fans had provided the then vice world champion a massive reception after the last defeat against France.
We will offer whatever, we have actually made it to the last four teams for the second time in a row, stated the coach that has remained in workplace since 2017.
It is just best to say: We want more now.
Not simply playing a video game, however on the (imaginary) podium rises through a last win versus Morocco.
However we have to play much better than on Tuesday in the semi-finals at 0: 3 against Argentina.
We have to act more vertically to separate the protective block of the North Africans, the coach recalled and highlighted: Morocco only took 2 objectives in the course of the competition.
Just the one in the semi-finals in the 0: 2 versus protecting champ France.
For the sake of efficiency: In addition, an own goal comes to the end of the group stage at 2-1 versus Canada.
By the way, Morocco and Croatia separated 0-0 at the start of the competition.
Germany as an unfavorable example
It was exceptional once again among the first three of the last round, stated the trainer, especially with a view to different co-favorites, all of whom fell on the track early: Dali noted Germany as unfavorable surprises, but likewise Spain.
Italy even missed the last round.
But we are among the last four groups.
And not just at this now ending World Cup: In summer of 2023, the final Four of the Nations League is pending, the allegedly little Croatia is also represented.
Dali highlighted it and looked pleased.
Currently, after the semi-finals he had explained: I will continue. My mission is to qualify Croatia for the European Championship 2024.
Nevertheless, the contribution of the so-called Golden Generation in Qatar should now largely end: only an excellent half a lot from the team had currently been part of the historic final in 2018.
Captain Luka Modrić leads the ranks, for the 37-year-old the match against Morocco could be the 162nd and last global match.
After the semi-finals, he did not wish to discuss his future.
Kovacs as the next leader
Dean Loren, Marcelo Robotic, Ivan Perišić and Andrej Dramatic were currently there in 2018, as did the 28-year-old Mateo Kovacs, who, like the Cofferdam Dramatic, was not a routine at the time.
He gained from Madrid, from Mandzukic, from Granitic, however in the future he is among the gamers who have to guide the boys, said Dali Chelsea-Profi Kovacs.
And the midfielder used up the baton: It was an honor for me to have actually been led by these players.
In addition to the spirited aspect, the Grander likewise taught him to eliminate for my country, stated gamer, born in Linz, with a view of the current assistant coach and previous specialist of Bayern Munich and VFL Wolfsburg, Mario Mandzukic, or the
Ex-Schalker Ivan Granitic.
However, Dali is not banging, due to the fact that this unpredictability does not exist for him: It goes on, we have young gamers and therefore continuity, but it is likewise necessary to continue to experience skilled professionals and now someone like Kovacs needs to contribute:
He has to hand down his understanding to the younger one.
He has actually developed there alone through the training.
Dali about Bayern gamer Statistic
One of them is 22-year-old Josie Statistic.
He is one for our future.
As a youngster at FC Bayern, the right-back alone developed there through day-to-day training, even if he is not used as frequently in the club.
The coach Statistic hopes for Saturday in the Al-Khalifa International Arena: he had a realistic chance to stand in the starting eleven.
Far, the perspective gamer had actually not yet been used at this World Cup.
In view of different battered players, there should be a number of changes.
Dali called his battered specialists to make room for fair.
Like the Olympics.
He still desires 3rd location.
And Kovacs recalled the heroes of 1998, who had actually very first conquered 3rd location for Croatia.
Kovacs was only 4 years old, however legends are ageless.