Good article. Totally understand his frustration when the numbers are substantially in favor of Kale. Very impressive actually.
Nikola Kalinic Heroj, a ne zlocinac!
But today, the coaches are asking at their strikers to work hard and make the pressing in their positions but also by helping the midfield if needed.
And we know how Mandzukic IS the striker all around the world who is the most active and motivated to make the pressing on the opponent during all the matches.
I watched our match against Nigeria on two different channels, and all the commentators has said the same about him and his effort, when the team need to get the ball by a pressing.
I wasn't a Kalinic hater or something like that but I must recognize his lack of effort. As Maradona has said, we can all see his lack of effort, and before the matches and the facts, the first sign is present in his body attitude...
Dalic wants fighters, motivated and passionate players. Not how Kalinic has reacted when his coach asked to him to play.
And all this situation show how Kalinic is stupid. If you want to prove your stats and how you are better than your lads, go on the pitch, run, help your team, your lads, score a goal or some goals and show at everybody how good you are !
His reaction was a kid reaction, not mature at all... Ok, by times the frustration may be huge and I can understand how some situations can be really difficult to live with but you must to act as a men, not a kid who's crying for his mum. Plus this is a World Cup, where everybody is fighting for his colors and where some others croatian players are at home.
For example, Ivan Santini is also aged and here, he had a little chance to join the World Cup but today, he's in his family... And in 4 years, he'll be too aged for a possible place in the team. And I know how Santini isn't really good but that is sad to see a guy like Kalinic act like this when the other one is at home.
And this is the point who is really irritating. Is Kalinic really think about the other croatian players who are at home and are waiting for this magical moment to join the NT in a World Cup? I don't think so...
Badelj has right when he talked about some ego problems in our team, and the Kalinic problem is one of them...
Now, all the team and the staff can be focus on the World Cup and try to win the tournament ! Ego need to stay at home if you want to win something.
(The next one will be Lovre Kalinic because he is the second goal keeper? That is really stupid. All the teams have the hierarchy... and the stats aren't always the reason of a place on the pitch).