Croatia Tactical Review
Gone are the times of tenacious strategic investigations which at last saw Igor Stimac let go before November's World Cup play-off with Iceland. Not at all like his greatly disagreeable ancestor, Croatia's new supervisor, Niko Kovac, is determined to play "4-2-3-1-come-4-1-4-1" as he broadcasted right from the begin of his residency. That structuring may bring the best out of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, the group's playmaking pair, yet it still does not unravel either of the two old issues: the deficiency of value wingers and the need to adjust imagination with a physical vicinity in midfield.
In a group pressed with experience, the superbly talented Mateo Kovacic is no less than five years more youthful than whatever viable starter. But then his part could be key to managing Croatia's weaknesses. The 20-year-old had ostensibly been dismissed by Internazionale's mentor Walter Mazzari before he at last started to thrive late in the season – building up and finally finishing with an unimaginable execution in Javier Zanetti's goodbye amusement at San Siro, when he cut open the Lazio safeguard with three helps in a 4-1 win.
Kovacic is an actually talented and touchy player, an extraordinary dribbler with an uncommon vision of the amusement, which implies both that he's equipped to make urgent block attempts protectively and give key goes to ambushers. Be that as it may he's fairly powerless circulating everywhere and not about as smaller a player as Modric – instead of protecting the ball and keeping it moving with a lot of people short passes, he needs space.
Kovacic enjoys dropping deep to get the ball and then driving it forward with pace. With his light feet and impressive acceleration with the ball, he is perhaps better suited for one of the positions behind the striker (either central or wide) in Croatia's 4-2-3-1 than to that of a deep-lying playmaker. How exactly Kovac will decide to use him is still to be seen, but the youngster could be a true revelation at the tournament.