I'd rather keep the skeleton of the team intact, rest the carded players and make timely subs.
We've played B squads before when qualified, against Spain and Poland at Euros winning both, but we went on to lose our next A squad games. The reserve squad his can break down the momentum created from the first two games, I have a hunch Dalić will not make many changes, especially in defense.
But then again, when you have a deep bench of the quality of Croatia...tough decisions to be made.
I agree Ero, the SPINE of the team must stay intact, protect the players on cards, but by changing the whole team we are making a mistake of losing that battling momentum until the next round match, the players have to much time to relax, they get out of combat mode and therefore are not able to reach 100% competitiveness when they really need it, the next round of 16 against TEAMS THAT MIGHT HAVE FOUGHT FOR SURVIVAL FOR EVERY GAME UP TO THAT POINT (Portugal 2016?!)
Why do this again when it clearly did not work at the Euro's? FFS. BY the way, ICELAND got still something to play for, its disrespectful not to acknowledge that - I really don't like the mentality - "dobili smo 2 utakmice - najbolji smo ... lako cemo" - that kind of thinking and Balkan mentality got us NOWHERE in the PAST, Germany, ITaly BRazil et.c simply don't do this.
IF ANYONE HERE BELIEVES FOOTBALL IS ALL ABOUT REST AND RECUPERATION THEY CLEARLY DON'T UNDERSTAND TOURNAMENT FOOTBALL, TO GIVE PLAYER'S REST FOR 10 DAYS UNTIL THE NEXT MATCH, THEY GET INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HEADSPACE, I PLEAD WITH MR DALIC NOT TO REPEAT THE MISTAKES WE MADE IN THE PAST DURING TOURNAMENTS! I know its good for the "morale of the team" to give the other guys a game - but its detrimental to our momentum -what's more important to keep everyone happy - or actually GO AND WIN THIS WC? Nobody has impressed me yet, no other team out there is unbeatable-this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and must not be squandered.
At least let Vida-LOvren and Strinic "bed in" and add Jedvaj to the mix, my worry if this lineup up there is to be believed is that we will play Bradaric in a whole WC match, come on Iceland aren't mugs, yes they lost v Nigeria yesterday, but the team went further than us in the Euro's and kicked England out, anyone here thinking "lako cemo sa njima" is sadly delusional. They are not easy to play as we've seen during the WC qualifications, yes they lack flair and quality, but they make this up with combatitiveness and organization. We must not play a B-team. At least mix it up a bit. Marko ROG would have been an ideal player for this match, Bradaric and Badelj are to lethargic to protect Kovacic's more advanced role, but hey what do I know?! We obviously want to rest LUka and Raketa, Broz can't play so we got to play the players we got, what if one of the mid fielders gets injured?
....sorry about the rant, might seem a bit over the top but I really think if this lineup above is to be believed is a big mistake, not because they are not able to get a result, they are, but the aforementioned loss of momentum for the first team players ....