After a great performance at the World Cup, it looks like the Croats failed to have the same intensity in their game. The side didn’t shine much in the UEFA Nations league, starting the qualifying path with a 2:1 home win over Azerbaijan.
The team lost surprisingly on the road to Hungary 2:1, having more of the possession but failing to really make it count and weren’t anywhere close to sharp in the attack.
The Croats miss defender Leovac (5/0, Dinamo), Vrsaljko (45/0, Inter), Pivaric (26/0, Dynamo Kiev), midfielders Rakitic (104/15, Barcelona), Rog (16/0, Sevilla), forwards Rebic (28/3, Eintracht) and Pjaca (24/1, Fiorentina) comparing to previous few call ups.
Wales have opened up their qualifying path with a narrow 1:0 home win over Slovakia back in March. It was a hard-earned three-pointer thanks to an early goal from James in the fifth minute.
Other than that, the Slovaks were pressing a lot during the game, were far more active and surely did deserved more on that day. It was surely a reflection of their early lead, the fact that they stood passive and simply waited for the time to pass at some phases.
The guests aren’t counting at defenders John (7/0, Swansea), Dummett (5/0, Newcastle), Chester (35/0, Aston Villa), midfielders Ramsey (58/14, Arsenal), Hudges (3/0, Barnsley), King (50/2, Leicester), forward Roberts (6/0, Leeds United), comparing to previous few call-ups.
It’s time for improvement for Croatia and it’s actually a must this time. Not only when speaking about the result, but overall performance as well.
Wales, on the other side, doesn’t look anywhere close to a convincing side away from home. They shouldn’t be able to stay competitive for the entire game this time. Croats should prevail easy or difficult.
Tvmoca propose : Croatia to Win