Mateo Kovacic also spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the defense of 4 and the objectives for the season:
How are the tests of the four-man defense going?
“We have not much yet, but that’s okay. Also, because Ranocchia knows it, Vidic has always played it and Juan in Brazil as well. Even I, in Croatia, was used with the backline of four. And it is a system that would allow us to have one more man between midfield and attack, provided you maintain certain balances.”
But between the third place and winning the Europa League, what do you prefer?
“Hard to choose, but perhaps it is better to raise a Cup.” (A blunder, because from next season the team that wins the EL also qualifies for the Champions League.)