France U19 – Croatia U19 1
Odds gone but still i belive you wont make mistake if you bet on France. Croatia come without half squad, main players didnt come. Hajduk didnt let their players to go because they have weak squad now and they will focus on their young players, Dinamo didnt let Mateo Kovacic to gow (one of biggiest talents in Europe, playing for first team), than Livaja from Inter Milan, Canadija, Radosevic, Elez, Milic, Tomicic..Rebic injured on friendy..
What to said, for me and whole country game with England was banker on England win, specially because England was two years ago Euro Champs (same generation when was u17) and than our youngsters suprise, playing better than england and even was leading. I belive it was bad day for England youngsters and i belive we cannot two times suprise without so much important players. Let’s see what coaches said after game:
ENGLAND 1-1 CROATIA
Noel Blake, England coach
We came from behind, so I need to be satisfied. Croatia played better in the first half but in the second I think there was only one team on the pitch. We were dominating, we scored a goal, hit the bar and the Croatian goalkeeper made a few good saves. In fact, both goalkeepers did well today. We are playing a good passing game at the moment. We are getting stronger and stronger and I can be happy.
Dinko Jeličić, Croatia coach
I need to congratulate my players for their display. It’s a pity that we didn’t score from our chances in the first half. We needed to do better in terms of those goalscoring situations; who knows what would have happened had we done so. We played excellently in the first first half; we were dominating and kept England down. I knew we had the quality to do that. If we didn’t concede so quickly after scoring it would have made things easier for us. After the break my players felt down physically as some of them only recently ended the season and that showed in our play. England were better in the second half and if we judge the game on that, a 1-1 draw was a fair result, but I am still sorry we didn’t win.
So, France is better team than England, on of Europ favorites and i cannot see other resaul than France victory
What to said for Estonia quality. Cannot prise tham, i will just said they are here just because they are hosting this Euro. Greece has better team but odds are too low to risk
As i said, England won Euro u17 woth this generation before two years. Serbia come without some important players: