Croatia vs Denmark
1/8 final in the World cup and a match between Croatia and Denmark.
I have to say I am in love with Croatian performance in the WC. Together with Belgium they are the only teams till now, which showed real football and are the hidden favourites for something bigger in the tournament! Of course, it's the time when the big once will start to show their much better side like France did it yesterday, but why we have to underestimate Croatia in this WC and not to put them between the big favourites. This is their golden generation during 21st century and with so many talents I see them progressing far away in Russia. Denmark is not going to be their stoppage for sure!
Why I love Croatia? It's simple- they don't rely on individuals, they play like a TEAM during the tournament, the whole starting line-up play as one and support each other! These three wins in the group are just the result of their brilliant team play. And with so many substitutions they succeeded to beat motivated and progressing team like Iceland. Also trashed Argentina and totally outclassed Nigeria. Don't try to talk like these two opponents- Argentina and Nigeria were too weak and in poor form. Even in this condition, we saw that Argentina succeeded to score 3 goals against one of the favourites France, while Nigeria have forwards and midfield that can be so dangerous if you don't succeed to stop them. Only Iceland were close to the team play Croatia showed in the group, but the poor results of Iceland before the WC made me feel they will not repeat the performance two years ago during Euro 2016. These two losses and the draw will be a good lesson to Iceland..The possitives are connected with the experience they gained during their participation in World cup tournament.
What about Denmark? They just didn't impress till now...Peru were the better team side on the pitch, but missed penalty, hit the post and so many missed huge chances were the reason they lost 0:1 to Denmark. Come on, even Australia were better slightly better than them. The Aussies had more goal chances and possession and drew them 1:1. What about France- the goalless draw looked like a totally fixed game and if it was or not is something we can not know for sure, only can guess, but still with a lot of substitutions France totally dominated during the match. Denmark also have strong midfield and they are stable in defense with brilliant GK, but I can say the same about Croatia. Subasic is even more experienced GK than Schmeichel and plays in Monaco for so long...
The big difference between these two clubs is the team play- I see it in Croatian squad, but in Denmark.. they allow their opponents to play so much time in their own half and rely on good defense and counters where it's always included Eriksen. I don't see this as a good option against Croatia. Talk whatever you want, that Denmark don't have to be underestimated, they can draw and even proceed to the next stage. I am going with my heart here and Croatia!
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Croatia vs Denmark prediction
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