Croatia reached semifinals after 2 nerve-wrecking and exhausting matches against Denmark and Russia, that ended after penalty shootouts.
TThis will definitely leave a mark on stamina of Croatia’s players, and influence their style of play, so they might enter more defensive mode in order to cope with England’s pace.
- Reports prior to this match say that Dalic will maybe drop Perisic and introduce Brozovic instead, so it looks like they want to surprise England with 4-4-2 diamond formation.
This could maybe prove to be a good decision, as with 4 players in central area of the field Croatia could cope with numerical superiority England tends to create in half-spaces and in central areas. From attacking point of view, Croatia might use similar recipe as in match against Argentina, and try to attack space in behind wing-backs with Rebic/Perisic starting his run from half-space or central areas.
- England is in good shape, they fire from all weapons, but based on previous matches it can be said that one of their main strengths is set-piece play, corner-kicks especially.
They form group of players, with all of them except 1 start their run at the same time, clearing space for the targeted player to attack designated area. England is fresh, all players are fit and ready to "bring it home".