Right now with his form he should not be starting if euros started today. Kovacic and Vlasic should be ahead of Rakitic right now.Rakitic has hinted at the possibility of retiring after the Euros.
I'd probably go with Kovacic instead of Vlasic against stronger teams so we can control the midfield...or at least try to. Vlasic as a second half sub to score a banger in the 89th minute !Kovacic is world class at the moment even started to score and gives assists.
Livakovic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Barisic, Brozovic, Modric, Vlasic, Perisic, Kramaric, Petkovic
I hope we will line up this way.
Subs among: brekalo pasalic rebic kovacic rakitic
We got a strong squad.
After watching him slowly shuffling around in our midfield for the last three years I thought he had already retired ..Rakitic has hinted at the possibility of retiring after the Euros.
Ivan Rakitic hints at Croatia swan song in interview
Let's say Dalić takes only the 2 strikers and he goes with 8 defenders that leaves 10 spots for midfielders...IMO we can break them up into two types...So, with Modric, Rakitic, Brozovic, Kovacic, and Vlasic spots all locked, who gets the last midfield spot? Or should Dalic go with two?
Badelj hasn't impressed at club level for some time now but has proven himself as a reliable squad option for the NT.
Rog started the season well for Cagliari, but he and his team haven't impressed in some months. Also, he's injured right now. Still, he's in better form than Badelj.
Pasalic is having a great season, but he usually plays in a more advanced role.
Krovinovic was non-existent in the first half of the season but has been one of the standout players in a Championship title-contender team in the last couple of months. Might come into the fold only when Rakitic and Modric retire.
Basic has one goal and one assist in his last two games for Bordeaux.
Sunjic plays a more defensive role and has been a regular for Birmingham.
I'd personally sacrifice a third CF option to pick both Badelj and Pasalic. But I'm not sure it would be proven necessary.
Šemper would be my pick for 3rd GKI totally forgot about Filip Bradaric and his move to Celta Vigo. Dalic certainly likes the guy, so it's possible.
As for the third choice GK spot, shouldn't Adrian Semper be considered for it? He has been Chievo's first choice throughout the season. Ok, it's a Serie B team, and they may not advance to Serie A (they're at 9th), but they have one of the best defenses of the tournament (4th). In contrast, Sluga's Lutton Town is struggling against relegation, and they have by far the worst defense of the Championship. I haven't watched either of them, though, aside from a couple of Sluga's howlers.