Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Stadion Maksimir when Croatia and France face each other in the Nations League derby. Croatia did well to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to Portugal and France, with the team beating Sweden 2-1 thanks to Andrej Kramaric’s late goal. The Bayern Munchen target is pushing for a start, but, as always, a man to watch in the home team will be Real Madrid ace Luka Modric. Ante Rebic and Sime Vrsaljko remain in the recovery room for the hosts.
Les Tricolores, on the other hand, head into the match following a goalless draw with Portugal. Didier Deschamps’ troops aim to regain top position in the standings, but beating Croatia in Zagreb is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards at Stadion Maksimir, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Defender Dayot Upamecano is sidelined with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Highlighted Team (France):
Recording impressive results on international stage since 1904, France are widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful national teams, with three major trophies to their name. Two of those were won on home soil as Les Bleus emerged triumphant at the 1984 World Cup and 1998 European Championships, before also winning the 2000 Euros in Netherlands and Belgium.
Michel Platini, Jean Tigana, Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse formed the “Carre Magique” during the 80’s as one of the most impressive attacking line-ups made life difficult for opposition defenders for years on end.
The new golden generation appeared at the turn of the century and featured players like Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Youri Djorkaef, winning back to back major trophies to place Les Bleus back on the map.
A new world-class team appears to be in the making as the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane are the pillars of the team led by Didier Deschamps. France national team now play their games at the stunning Saint Denis, or Stade de France.