Spain vs Croatia (By: Frantik)
For the 2018 world Cup, Spain looked very weak. The group was headed to work, and were confident to take 9 points instead of five. The change of the head coach the day before the start of the world Cup, apparently, had a negative impact on the players. At the stage of the 1/8 finals, it would seem that the formidable "red fury" to deal with the hosts Russia, but control of the ball for 120 minutes did not give the result, and the team of Stanislav Cherchesov used his only moment in the match. Then in the penalty shoot-out Koke and Iago Aspas have failed the Spanish national team, while the world Cup hosts have implemented all the shots from the point.
After the failed 2018 world Cup for the Spaniards came a period of global restructuring. In other words, a change of generation. David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique — finished career in the national team of Spain. Now on the shoulders of young players, Aspas, Isco, Alcantara, Asensio, Morata, Rodrigo, fell a serious task-to bring the team to the next major tournament among the national teams.
Among those players who has played for the Spain national team more than 100 matches, left Sergio Ramos (156) and Sergio Busquets (107). Alba, Pedro and Diego Costa were not included in the bid for the fight against the Croats. By the way, the national team got a new coach. It was Luis Enrique, whose last job was football club Barcelona.
In the summer of 2018, the Croatian national team went down in history. Croatia at the World Championships in Russia, won silver. On the way to the final, Zlatko Dalich's players looked confident, played brightly and effectively. From" fiery " suffered Argentina, Nigeria, Russia, Iceland, Denmark and Engand. Despite the serious level of competition, the Croats reached the final, where the struggle lost to France (4:2).
Best player of the tournament in 2018 admitted Luka Modric. In the offseason, midfielder, really wanted to buy Inter Milan, but Luca left for Real Madrid. Indeed, Modric was the most stable and accurate on the Mundial. It's hard to argue with that.
Before the start of the League of Nations, the wards of Dalic played one control game. The rivals were Portuguese. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. The goals were scored by Ivan Perisic and Pepe.
Alas, but the Croatia defender domagoj Vida got injured and will likely miss the game against the Spaniards. Dejan Lovren is also in question. Corluka, Mandzukic, and Subašić made his career in the team, and Rebić and Kramaric will not play due to injuries.
It is not clear in what form today is Spain. The world Cup is a failure, there were no control games, the composition is rejuvenated. Spain was led by Luis Enrique. The ex-coach of Barcelona has a lot of work ahead to improve the team's game. Croats have the opposite situation. The team played the world Cup phenomenally, reached the final, where they won silver medals. Someone retired, someone will not be because of damage but because there are many talented young performers, for example, Pjaca, Pasalic, Kovačić, Jedvaj, which mixed with the experience in the face of Modric, Perisic, Vrsaljko and Rakitic are able to beat Spain.
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