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Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 -

THE BOSS ZLATKO DALIC

Be­fore tak­ing over last year the 51-year-old spent seven sea­sons in the Mid­dle East, tak­ing UAE side Al Ain to the Asian Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in 2016.

THE STAR LUKA MO­DRIC

Dic­tated the tempo of the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal for Real Madrid as they blew away Liver­pool. Mo­dric (be­low) is a world-class mid­fielder with great tech­nique.

THE PROSPECT MARCELO BROZOVIC

Dalic has gone with ex­pe­ri­ence so this is more of a one to watch. The box-to-box mid­fielder, 25, made nine as­sists for In­ter Mi­lan this sea­son and com­ple­ments Mo­dric and Ivan Rakitic.

KEY STRENGTH

Their house­hold names. Mo­dric, Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzu­kic are no strangers to the big stage.

BIG­GEST WEAK­NESS

The de­fence. Ve­dran Cor­luka has just re­turned from a long-term in­jury while Liver­pool cen­tre back De­jan Lovren needs pace around him.

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