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I think Croatia will still manage to barely qualify in a group that on paper should not be difficult to do so. Then Dalic and company will talk about it being a success like they did getting to the round of 16 at the Euro. It is the ol' use your incompetence to your advantage by making something that should be a given look like an accomplishment. It is a loser mentality and Croatia consistently produce enough quality where this shouldn't be the case.
 

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Italy brought Mancini he cleaned house but he got rid of some deadweight but kept some old guys like the Chiellini/Bonucci he called allot of players. He created a very competitive open atmosphere but the key thing is he’s Mancini his resume has a large amount of pedigree he can do this and the players respect him.

Dalic has no resume and his continued existence is tied to making so old guys happy and keeping the Savez satisfied. I’m always amazed what a transition it’s for our players. Playing in these big clubs and great coaches. Than for the NT you come in and Ante Cacic is telling you what to do? An incredible 180
 

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This was a statement performance but given the overall year he had in 2018 he should have been in the side in Russia as well. He was clear of Rebic and a few others, even back then.
 
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