Spain hosts Croatia in the second match of the Nations League A , group 4. The game is played in Elche where Spain hasn`t lost so far and probably that will continue. Spain played with England and won with 2:1. They took their chances and played agressive in first half when they got into advantage. England dominated in second half with Spain failing to be competitive but defended well. England had clear chances but De Gea showed great form with brilliant saves. If it had ended 2:2 it would have been fair.
Spain is a bit younger now without Silva, Iniesta and Costa but has plenty of experience and quite some pace. With the instalments of Iago Aspas, Rodrigo and Asensio I see big problems for Croatia. With also great midfield composed of Isco, Busquets, Saul and Thiago they are well covered in every position.
After the fiasco of the World cup Enrique took over and started great. He will give the team incentive and I see Spain being quite rampant in this match. Saul is playing at home so I expect an extra effort from him.
Well after the WC celebrations Croatia is reshuffling the team a bit and some key figures are gone. Corluka, Mandzukic and Subasic ended their NT stint and Mandzukic especially will be hard to replace. Dalic is searching for someone like him and certainly hasn`t found him in Livaja. He was invisible against Portugal. Also other important attackers like Rebic(injured) and Kramaric(spared) will be a big miss in attack which will have maybe Santini or Cop. That doesn`t look right at all. Pjaca as a replacement is also unreliable lately. In defense Lovren is also injured and Vida a doubt after a hit from Kalinic. The biggest worry is that Jedvaj will play and he has been on a very poor level for a while not even playing in Leverkusen. Of course the midfield with Modric, Kovacic, Perisic, Brozovic will be the strongest part of the team but I doubt it will help. There are to many important missing in Croatia. The friendly agaisnt Portugal didn`t show much as both teams only played the first half but Croatia looked good for the first 20 minutes.
Spain at home is a force to be reckoned with and I can`t see Croatia resisting. With full lineup maybe but not in this case.
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