Croatia manager Slaven Bilic is thinking of implementing a strategy shit for his team after a lackluster win in a friendly game against Moldova. Croatia managed to only squeak by their opponents, who they should have beaten handsomely. The players just weren’t aggressive enough and being too passive will definitely not bring them many wins in Euro 2008. The problem was really up front and the coach is thinking of changing his plans in order to give them some more offensive power. Currently Bilic runs a 4-4-2 formation, but he is contemplating a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation, meaning there will be more players up front. This move would put midfielders Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, and Niko Kranjcar below a striker. Rakitic will play a major part as the changes take effect because the team is really counting on him to do well in place of the injured Eduardo da Silva. Silva was the team’s top scorer and many are turning to the 20-year-old Rakitic to put some points on the board.

Manager Bilic said that he prefers a 4-4-2 formation because it is better for last-minute shifts, but he understands that the 4-4-2 might not be the best for Croatia at this time. The team certainly can’t expect to get very far if it plays like it did today. The coach looked at the bright side, saying that a 4-2-3-1 will open up more options during possessions.

Despite the slight disappointment, Bilic says the team is ready for Euro 2008 and they will begin playing hard right now so that they can get everything ironed out before the start of the real games. He expects the team to play hard in their last friendly match, which is against Hungary next Saturday. The team will then train until their first real match against Austria on June 11. Croatia is expected to reach at least the last eight.


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