Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

Roberto Firmino

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

Dejan Lovren has accused his critics of talking "nonsense" after Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against France.

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"To be part of the World Cup is already an achievement", Lovren had said, "but we believe in our quality and we know that we if can get through the group stages we can go far".

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Lovren told CNN that they are a small country, only four million people and have big talent in their squad.

Several Croatian players said they have felt disrespected during their World Cup run and that the media haven't given them enough credit.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is quite predictable; after a number of outstanding showings at the World Cup, the Croatian defender has demanded more respect and recognition as one of the best defenders in world football. Now with my national team we are in the final.

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"I think against the French, they are awesome players, but he's the player I know from this final so we hope that we will see him with the trophy", Matip told Liverpoolfc.com, after being asked if he wants to watch Lovren win the famous prize. "In such a crucial match you can't carry anyone, so it was probably the right thing to bring me off", continued the Liverpool captain.

The world will be watching when Lovren faces France in the final on Sunday. "After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) '98 - and this is what I wanted". I play but I can not train at all.

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

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If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory. "They show up, and it should be easy for me in the end".

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