Kovač revealed the line-up at a press conference after the side’s last training run.
Lovre Kalinić – Šime Vrsaljko, Tin Jedvaj, Marko Lešković, Marin Leovac – Domagoj Antolić, Milan Badelj – Hrvoje Milić, Mateo Kovačić, Anas Sharbini – Duje Čop
Four players – Kalinić, Lešković, Leovac, Antolić – will be making their Croatia debuts tonight, whilst three other players – Jedvaj, Sharbini, Čop – have only one cap each.
“Regardless who the opponent is, regardless if it is a qualifier or a friendly, the key is how thy approach it . I want the guys to give 100%,” said Kovač, saying that the back four could be busy tonight.
“Against Messi or Tevez nobody can do it alone, you need help from a second, third teammate. We have to prepare and play as a team, that is the only way we have a chance. I am sure we will defend more than we attack, and if they stretch us then it is going to be difficult” concluded Croatia’s gaffer.