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View Poll Results: Who will win this UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier?
HRVATSKA by 2+ goals 2 25.00%
HRVATSKA by 1 goal 4 50.00%
Draw with goals (1-1, 2-2, etc.) 0 0%
Scoreless Draw 0 0%
Wales by 1 goal 1 12.50%
Wales by 2+ goals 1 12.50%
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post #21 of 130 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2019, 13:52
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Even with this period of minor transition, we have more than enough talent to get us through. Please for the love of God can we qualify for once without the heart attacks.
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I wonder if Vlasic, Brekalo, Duje CC, and Benkovic will be joining the U21 squad after for the Euros


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They definitely should / will... anyone who is eligible to play for U21s must represent us in the tournament!

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Damn, Rakitic out.

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Kovacic 25 y o 3 champions league 1 europa league.
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Rebic too.

Not a good feeling. I think we have the replacements but just don’t like the vibe of the team. But at the same time that’s when they tend to excel?
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Damn with all these injuries. It's gonna be a nervy affair I feel.
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EURO 2020 Qualifier: HRVATSKA vs Wales - June 8th, 2019

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Rakitic and Rebic out...not good.

Rakitic, maybe with Kova and our midfield options isn't the end of the world...but Rebic out is a blow...

As for Rakitic...love the guy, but he pulled this no show crap a lot in the last cycle also. Didn't play an away game until the do or die in the Ukraine I don't think. As for his "injury"...I saw him play for Barca in the Copa...he didn't get pulled off because he was injured...just wasn't having a great game...it is what it is though....Modric is still playing though, so we are still in safe hands in the mid.

Someone pass the Rolaids, I am s.hitting bricks now...and the game is over a week away....must win.
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As for Rakitic...love the guy, but he pulled this no show crap a lot in the last cycle also. Didn't play an away game until the do or die in the Ukraine I don't think.
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and he was available for Barca around those NT matches:







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Never realised he never plays in away game. How strange.

I don't trust media speculation. I'll wait until Rakitic says something (expands on the reporting if he does), but why would he feel underappreciated? Being born in Switzerland? Sound ridiculous.
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Never realised he never plays in away game. How strange.

I don't trust media speculation. I'll wait until Rakitic says something, but why would he feel underappreciated? Being born in Switzerland? Sound ridiculous.
Yeah I don't buy that. He is living the dream that every single one of us outside Croatia (expect for the bb'ers...) have in playing for Croatia...you know his family couldn't be more proud he puts on our sacred jersey.

But...if Barca was playing in the CL final this Saturday, you can be sure he'd be ready to go...

Disappointing but nothing we can do.

If we lose points to Wales...then its going to get real complicated...

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I have to admit that I've felt he's been underappreciated as well. Rakitic accepted a role on the NT and I felt he performed that role incredibly well while Modric received most of the praise. If we go back to almost every game, we see Rakitic dropping back deep, making himself available for link plays between defense and forwards, his long passes were incredible and defensive assignments were always completed very well!

I like the guy a lot. He plays a very smart game and his level of passing and skills are absolutely brilliant. I hope he works through this!
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Rakitic and Modric seem to have a great relationship. It's possible deep down he might feel unappreciated. Someone should tell him though that Croatian fans will never forget his role in taking Croatia to the WC finals and his contribution to the NT in general. He's had his share of ordinary performances but man we're sure lucky to have him and Modric play together in their primes.



On the other hand it is normal for Modric to get the bigger praise. Golden ball winner and all. Modric just takes us to that next level. Not to mention he's always ready to play for the NT. I was hoping though that since Modric would probably retire after the Euros that Rakitic would lead us in the midfield for one last WC. We'll see.
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I was hoping though that since Modric would probably retire after the Euros that Rakitic would lead us in the midfield for one last WC. We'll see.
if Modrić does retire after the Euros then I agree I hope Raketa is our Kapetan for WC 2022
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I don’t buy this media speculation half it seems to be just pure conjuncture. I think he truly enjoys playing for the repka. I remember when they came to the US for those friendlies half the guys left after the Peru game he stuck around and played quite well in that Mexico game.

I think the truth is the man has had a nagging injury for a portion of the year. Probably hasn’t been 100% in a while. Also the man has played allot of football the last few years. I think in 2018 he played the most minutes for Barca, add the WC.

We have options in midfield, Rebic is more of a worry. Figure Brekalo/Vlasic will play the wing? Kramaric at CF? Options upfront are more limited.
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Dropping like flies. Vlasic, Rog and Bradaric out.

Seems some of the U21 guys will be called up. Vlasic is tough he can play multiple spots really thin on the wings.
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Dropping like flies. Vlasic, Rog and Bradaric out.

Seems some of the U21 guys will be called up. Vlasic is tough he can play multiple spots really thin on the wings.


Ouch Vlašić really hurts. Out for u21 too???


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Actually didn’t see anything mentioned about that. Most just mentioned that he won’t be available next week.

I think the team that started in Omis will be the 11. Except Kovacic and Lovren probably in. Kalinic seems to have been dropped to the #2 spot.
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