On September 11, Spain destroyed Croatia 6-0 at the Martinez Valero stadium in Elche in a game show that included 71% possession, 93% success in the passes and 16 shots on goal. Luka Modric, who a few days later would be named FIFA's best player ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Salah, impotently attended the dance that received the runner-up in the world. The midfielder, elected World Cup Golden Ball, was just as overwhelmed as the rest of his teammates. Today, in Zagreb, the Real Madrid midfielder returns to claim the ball, but says that in his mind he does not even think "in the rematch". "We think it will be a difficult game," he explained yesterday. "We think about having patience and not making any move that could cost us a goal against. It's a big game and we only hope for a good result "
The League of Nations has become a thorny road for Croatia, beaten in Elche and dry against England (0-0): a point in two games, no goal in favor and last group. "The matches against England and Spain came too fast after the World Cup. We emptied ourselves emotionally and physically. This may be the reason why we did not measure up. It was a moment of saturation. Then we relaxed, and the result against Spain was a reflection of that, "analyzed Modric, 33, whose legs weigh three Euro Cups and three World Cups, 113 international matches, with 14 goals and 18 assists in his record.
The Croatian will today have as rivals many friends of LaLiga. Any one special? "I do not want to highlight anyone. Luis Enrique has given them new energy and enthusiasm, and now they play as a team. They are very strong. They know how they play and what they want to achieve. In addition, they have many young players of great individual technique. They are one of the best teams in the world … With patience and good sense, we can achieve the result we set for ourselves. I think historically the matches between Spain and Croatia have been balanced, "settled the Croatian. Both teams have met seven times, with four wins for La Roja, one draw and two Croatian victories.