Lovren and Croatia get Matip's World Cup final support

Doug Mendoza
July 15, 2018

The defender, who also reached the Champions League final with Liverpool in May, will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday and the 29-year-old feels he has proved himself this season.

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Spectators at Wednesday's World Cup semifinal in the Russian capital booed and whistled Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, who had spoken out in support of Russia's neighbour and adversary Ukraine. They are offensive in the midfield with [Ivan] Rakitic, [Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, so somebody needs to fix all that.

Lovren is part of a Croatia team which has exceeded all expectations by reaching the biggest game in world football.

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There were concerns that Lovren may find it hard to shackle Harry Kane in the semi-final after the Tottenham marksman ran him ragged in a Premier League encounter back in 2017.

Lovren will hope to be on the winning side of a major final this year after Real Madrid beat Klopp's side 3-1 to seal their 13th Champions League title in Kiev.

"So I think he did a lot of good things [and] I am happy for him, but it was also hard for Jordan in the last game".

"It's something special for me". We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us.

"Modric is the best middle three player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d'Or". In spite of it all, the Croatians will find themselves in the Final against France in Moscow on Sunday. I don't think about my players like this - like, maybe he's in or out. Okay, we did not win that but that means only 11 players were better than us, and only two centre-halves. "We went through a lot of s**t", he said. "They show up, and it should be easy for me in the end".

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