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The 2019/2020 season is not over yet. There is still so much to be resolved Champions as the Europa League, but the new course will start just a few weeks after meeting the continental kings and also return, in principle, the commitments of the national teams.
In the calendar it is still fixed that in the first days of September it is the turn for the national teams. It is not yet known if these matches can be played, but Croatia has already published its list of summoned for the official matches before Portugal and in front of France.
Among those summoned is a player from Real Madrid, the captain of the chess team and its highest standard. Luka Modric has been included in the call to play those two matches corresponding to the League of Nations. The first, against Portugal, should be held on Saturday, September 5 in Port, while the second against France is played on Tuesday 8 in Paris.
️ The Croatia squad list for the September UNL matches is out now
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In the summoned list of Zlatko Dalic There are also other players who have played for a Spanish team over the last season. In addition to Luka Modric, in the call to face Portugal and France are the defender of the Atlético de Madrid Sime Vrsaljko and the midfielder of Barcelona Ivan Rakitic.
Dalic explained that the current situation is not the idea to play for the pandemic, but that everyone has “a lot of desire” to meet again in the national team “after such a long break.” “The deadline is not ideal because many players will practically leave the holidays for this, but we are all in the same situation,” he said.
The Croatian coach also pointed out that the important thing over the next few months is “to give the players a better rest” because “they have a very tough competitive season ahead of them.” And it is that when the 2020/2021 ends for the clubs, the Eurocup which was postponed due to Covid-19.
Zlatko Dalic also spoke about his upcoming rivals: “They cannot be more difficult for us. Suffice it to say that we will play in three days away against the world champion and the European champion.” “We respect Portugal and France the most, but we have many of our strengths and, without a doubt, we will try to break the negative tradition that we have against both teams,” added the coach.
To finish, the coach spoke about what matters most to him: “We will see what the conditions are and we will be guided by that, because although the result of the UEFA Nations League is important to us, our priority is the health of the players and the preparation for the World Cup qualifiers and then Euro 2020 “.
Announcement of Croatia
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković (Dinamo), Simon Sluga (Luton Town), Ivo Grbić (Lokomotiva).
Defenses: Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Dejan Lovren (Zenit), Sime Vrsaljko (Atlético de Madrid), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Borna Barisic (Glasgow Rangers), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Dario Melnjak (Rizespor), Marin Pongracic (Wolfsburg).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Milan Badelj (Lazio), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA).
Forwards: Ivan Perišić (Bayern), Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim), Ante Rebić (Milan), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Bruno Petković (Dinamo).
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