Modric & Co. demolish Argentina as Croatia won by 3 – 0

 

Argentina has dug themselves a hole and has no one to blame but themselves. Not to take any credit from Croatia, who was absolutely sensational on the night, let’s put it this way, Argentina were shambolic. They had no identity, no organization and most importantly had no intent. 

The fixture was one of the most anticipated games of the World Cup. Modric vs Messi, Croatia’s Golden Generation takes on the 2014 World Cup finalists and in the end, it was Modric’s men who blew away an uninspiring Argentina side.

Sampaoli’s Selection

As a Manager, you have a right to pick players who suit your style and your tactics, even leaving proven stars on the bench is justified as long as you get the results. This is what is wrong with Argentina, on paper and on the basis of statistics their best forwards are Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria. The fact that only Messi and Aguero have consistently started is worrisome and the fact that Paulo Dybala has failed to make the starting XI is just something I can’t comprehend. Dybala scored 22 goals for Juventus this Season and can play in an advanced position. 

To add to their woes, Sanpaolli has constantly tinkered with his formation and has not given any of his players time to settle int their roles. In the end, you can come up with a plethora of reasons to justify the loss, Sampaoli’s tactics, ineffective Midfield, Willy Caballero’s blunder… endless conclusions can be drawn up. The one that disappointed me the most was Lionel Messi’s lack of intent and hunger.

Croatia’s brilliance

Pundits and fans call them the Golden Generation of Croatia and they justified that title last night. The likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic can instill fear in any defence. But it wasn’t the star players presence on the pitch that won them the game, it was their ability to play as a team that won them the game. Croatia did have a moment of brilliance from captain Luka Modric, a gem of a goal from outside the box in the 81st Minute consolidated their position after Ante Rebic opened the scoring Courtesy Willy Caballero’s blunder. 

Croatia wrapped up the game in the 91st minute, Real Madrid Midfielder Mateo Kovacic toyed with the Argentine defence and set up a virtually open goal for Ivan Rakitic to seal the game.

The Difference

Luka Modric was Undoubtedly the difference between the two sides, he pulled the strings and was an integral part of every offensive mood. He was his team’s biggest player and was truly a Class Apart.

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