Surprised his substitution against Russia in the quarterfinals, but the coach meditates to give it back ownership. Perisic or Kramaric, the slaughtered.
Brozovic aims to be Dalic’s only novelty in the lineup with respect to the eleven that came against Russia in the quarterfinals. His substitution was a surprise, since he was making a good championship. However, the coach sought to play with two ‘nines’ (Kramaric and Mandzukic) to counter the Russian ultra-defensive plan. Although Kramaric scored a pass from Mandzukic, the goal came in an isolated counterattack. During the remaining plays the Croatian game became too predictable. In fact, in the second half Dalic corrected and gave entrance to Brozovic by Perisic. That improved Croatia.
Therefore, everything indicates that against England Brozovic will be holder to give more consistency to the Croatian midfield. His presence is essential because he frees Modric and Rakitic, who when they play appear in more advanced positions and carry more danger. The question is whether the sacrificed will be Perisic or Kramaric. The first started as an undisputed starter, but his weak performances can condemn him to the bench.
The other great doubt of the Croatian lineup is Vrsaljko. The Atlético side trained on the day before the final and wants to play. “If you need to play with one leg,” he said. He suffered a problem in the knee against Russia and, despite the short recovery time he has had, he wants to force. If finally it does not arrive Vida will occupy the right lateral one and Corluka will act like central.