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.