World Cup: what Croatia can expect from Canada

After drawing 0-0 with Morocco in the 2022 FIFA World Cup opener, Croatia will play Canada next Sunday at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Croatia have never faced Canada in an international football competition before, and when the grouping draw was held in April, most Croatian fans saw tomorrow’s clash as an easy three points for ‘Vatreni’. was

But Zlatko Dalic and the fans are a little more cautious after Canada’s impressive play against Belgium in the opening match.

“Canada are a better team against Belgium and should have won the game. It’s their first World Cup, so they are young, energetic and very motivated. They have to play better than they did against Morocco. I guess,” Dulwich said earlier this week.

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash, we spoke with Adam Palermo, a Canadian sports journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario. wake up red When Canadian Soccer Daily, It covers not only the Canadian men’s national team, but also Toronto FC and the Canadian Premier League.

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How do you think Canada played against Belgium? Did their performance surprise you?

Especially in the first half, I thought Canada played well against Belgium. I think Canada’s game plan was unexpected for the Belgian players. They were pressured high up the pitch from the start and didn’t have time to control long possessions. Canada played well but struggled on set pieces and defensive mistakes forced them from a draw to a loss. He made similar defensive mistakes against Bahrain and Japan.

Having watched Canada in qualifying and recent friendlies, I knew they would surprise people at the World Cup, but I didn’t expect them to take such a positive approach to second place Belgium.

After the win, coach John Hardman said: It’s as easy as that. ” What do you think about those comments?

That comment right after the loss to Belgium really caught me off guard. At first I thought I had misheard him. I know John Hardman brings a lot of energy, but I never expected him to say that to the media. I think he just wants to show that Canada is here to compete. There was probably a better way to phrase what he said, but I suspect the heat of the moment made it better than someone who is usually very calculated. Some argue that you have nothing to lose by saying such things. Some say the strong Croatian team will give them even more motivation to win on Sunday.

John Herdman is highly regarded by me and the rest of Canada. He performed well with the Canadian women’s national team, winning bronze medals in 2012 and his 2016 Olympics, making him one of the best teams in women’s football. Change the story of your team.

It hasn’t taken much effort, but he’s already the best coach the Canadian national team has ever had. did. Hardman is seen as an effective motivator and is highly regarded by his members in the players and media. He is a passionate person and wants to grow the football game in Canada.

How do you think Canada will play against Croatia tomorrow?

They will try to replicate the fast and frenetic start we saw against Belgium. The team could switch to 4-4-2.

I think Cyle Larin will come out on top alongside Jonathan David. Sam Adekbe started at left-back and Alfonso Davies was more advanced on the left. With Croatia typically dominating possession, Canada may try to play a bit deeper than Belgium and launch quick counterattacks.

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How are Croatian teams perceived in Canada?

Croatia is considered a solid veteran team in Canada. A lot has been made about their midfield, especially Luka Modric. Most Canadians think Croatia are good, but not as good as the team that reached the 2018 World Cup final. Most Canadians rate Belgium higher than Croatia, but recognize that Croatia is still a quality team with a lot of experience. We would have been happy with the draw and the win against Morocco.

Who should Croatia watch out for?

Alfonso Davies will obviously be the center of attention on the left flank, but Croatia should watch out for Tajon Buchanan, who usually lines Canada’s right flank or right midfield. Yes, and can deliver a cross into the Canadian striker’s penalty area. Richie Laria could also have an impact, but I think he could come on as a substitute against Croatia. He is another Canadian speedy player who likes to move forward from full-back.

How do you think Croatia can beat Canada?

I think Croatia can rely on the top-level experience in international competition that Canada lacks. Belgium lost most of their opening game but still have the knowledge to come out victorious. I think Croatia can do exactly the same if they need to, but I expect them to dominate the game more than Belgium. It really does a great job with the tough stuff. I am concerned about Ivan Perisic and the danger he poses to the Canadian defense.

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Please tell me your score prediction.

I think Croatia will finish 2-1 on Sunday. Before the tournament started, I was expecting Belgium to be first in the group and Croatia to be second to her. I’m going with that prediction! Canada’s performance against Belgium is encouraging, but Croatia faces pressure to score all three of her points against the Canucks after drawing with Morocco. I think they get the job done.

Who do you think will win the World Cup?

They lost to Saudi Arabia, but I’ll stick to my predictions for Argentina! Let’s see what happens tomorrow against Mexico! It will be an engaging game.

Good luck on Sunday! At the end of the day, Canada’s inclusion in this World Cup is a huge achievement and I don’t think anyone in this country should take it for granted.The results of Canada’s next two matches Regardless, this team is already making the country proud! World Cup: what Croatia can expect from Canada

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