I really think that this is the time to put Rakitic on the bench because we don't want to see a player play at 50%, and being not interested by the match or the effort to do.
At my eyes, in qualifiers this players is hugely irritating to watch, because we all know how he is very good with Barcelona but very poor with us, expect during the WC where he was unbelievable. But at a moment, we need to take some decisions, and drop Brozovic isn't the good thing because he's nice with the defensive midfielder job.
If we let Rakitic lead the defensive midfield, we'll be demolished by our future opponents. We need fighters and passion on the pitch, not a guy who's walking all around the pitch without the ability to dictate the game.
And I would prefer to keep Brozovic, and add guys like Vlasic, Brekalo etc... Sorry, but after this loss, players like Rakitic, Perisic, Kramaric need to be on the bench.
At my eyes, Perisic is trying to do his best, but since the WC final, and all his problems with Inter transfer window, he's unable to play at his best. In eyes, it's easy to see how he's disconnect with himself.
And an other point on our loss, but my little bro remind me how our players joined the pitch very slowly, and by some groups of players for the second half. When Hungary had all his players running together, and motivated for beginning the second half.
As Maradona has said before, the mental, fighting spirit and passion wasn't there. But in other hand was clearly present in opponent heads.
We need to work on it, and find again a strong mentality. Stay as an unit, and fight for each other until the last second, exactly the same that we've done during the WC !
Hey buddy hope all is well, you raise some valid points here. However, as far as Rakitic is concerened maybe he simply "appears better suited to Barcelona's system of play" and guess what when he passes the ball to someone its an amazing talent like Messi, Suarez, Coutinho .... whilst in the NT he and Luka are the stand out talents and there are simply no other players in other positions on that level. As good as Kramaric or Rebic are, they are not Barca-level players.What I mean is maybe Rakitic simply looks a better player for Barca because of the other players around him. LUka on the other hand looks always by far our best and consistent performer especially since captaining the NT.
As for Perisic, he's a funny one, for years our best/most consistent performer he too had a bad start to the WC, but to credit Dalic he stuck with him during the WC campaign and it paid off in the end. Its frustrating to watch a guy with all the attributes he has not doing well.
One thing is for sure its not easy being the NT coach.
Brekalo looks ready to feature more for the NT and Dalic really needs to consider Benkovic as a CD for the near future to partner LOvren possibly. We definitely need fresh, hungry and young players to keep the older ones on their toes.
I also have high hopes for Barisic and Sosa covering our LB position in the near future and Dalic must consider them for a call up soon too.