Euro: Croatia 1, Czech Republic 1
Group D: Croatia (0-1-1) v Scotland (0-1-1)
The stakes are fairly easy to understand for Scotland and Croatia heading into their final Group D game on Tuesday at Hampden Park in Glasgow: win and you are most likely heading to the knockout stages. more than.
Steve Clarke’s side head to Tuesday’s game supported by a fierce performance against England in a scoreless draw on Friday that earned the Tartan Army their first point of the tournament, but the man who was the best player on the pitch this afternoon at Wembley will be available for Scotland on Tuesday. Billy Gilmour is out of the squad after the Chelsea midfielder tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s more disappointing for Billy than for anyone,” Clarke said. “We have enough players in the squad to react and that’s what we’ll do and prepare for the game. “
An easy fix for Clarke would be to move Manchester United’s Scott McTominay from the baseline to midfield where he normally plays for the Red Devils. Whatever adjustment Clarke decides to make, Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic believes his side will have to deal with the boisterous atmosphere inside Hampden Park.
“Scotland have a replacement for Gilmour and they will be ready for us,” said the Inter man. “They play in front of their fans and they will do their best. However, everything is up to us and a lot will depend on what we do. “
Premier League and Champions League winner with Liverpool, Scotland captain Andy Robertson has said Tuesday’s game will be one of the most important of his life.
“Obviously it’s at the level of the big games I’ve played,” said Robertson. “The feeling that I have to become captain of the country, captain of these boys, is very difficult to explain, and I enjoyed every minute of it. , and I’m sure all the boys too. This is why we want to continue as long as possible. ”
Clarke thinks the stakes of the match could turn into a very interesting tactical battle in an all-or-nothing scenario.
“I think for both teams it’s going to be about trying to get through the game,” Clarke said. “It’s a tough game to read to be honest because both teams have to win. It could get very open at some point if both teams chase a goal. Tactically, it’s going to be very interesting.
Historically, Scotland are undefeated against Croatia, winning twice and drawing three games, but it’s hard to draw conclusions from this record when the story isn’t quite recent. The two teams have not played since they were drawn in the same qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup. Scotland took two wins over Croatia in 2013 – a 1-0 victory in Zagreb in June , then a 2-0 victory in the second leg. that fall in Glasgow.
POTENTIAL CROATIA XI: Livakovic; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Guardiol; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Ivanusec, Perisic; Petkovic
SCOTLAND XI POTENTIAL: Maréchal ; McTominay, Hanley, Tierney ; O’Donnell, Armstrong, McGregor, McGinn, Robertson ; Les digues, Adams