Throughout qualification, Bosnia played an extremely attack-minded side, with coach Safet Susic insisting he wanted to play as many of his attackers as possible. He didn’t call upon a recognised holding midfielder, and either the creative Haris Medunjanin or converted full-back Sejad Salihovic seemed likely to protect the defence in Brazil.
But having boasted about Bosnia’s fearlessness, Susic has suddenly become more cautious and now appears set to play 21-year-old Muhamed Besic deep in midfield. Besic played no part in qualifying, has only nine caps and very minimal experience in big matches. It’s a big risk, but Besic’s role in an otherwise attack-minded midfield is absolutely pivotal.