[World Cup] Key Player Review: Croatia – Darijo Srna

Stylistically, Croatia are comparable to Spain. They have a variety of brilliant technical central midfielders—Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Niko Kranjcar—and therefore are capable of controlling matches.

They also boast a fine striker, Mario Mandzukic, even if he’s suspended for the opener, so finishing shouldn’t be a problem.

But they sometimes lack pace and directness, and this means veteran right-back Srna, who captains the side, is their key man.

He’s a reliable defender but is forever charging up the touchline to get himself into good crossing positions and therefore, despite all the creativity from midfield, could act as Mandzukic’s chief supplier.



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