Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has slammed France’s tactics and praised his own country for their efforts after their 4-2 final defeat yesterday in Russia.
Lovren and his teammates can only look back on what might have been after a thrilling final in Moscow during which Croatia gave everything for the cause but ultimately came up short.
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However, the Liverpool defender seems unwilling to concede that France were deserving champions and has accused them of being one dimensional.
TalkSport reports that Lovren stated the following: “We have been better today and overall we have been better,”
“France didn’t play football. They waited for their chance and they scored. They had their one tactic and you have to respect it. They played every game of the tournament like that.”
“I am disappointed because we lost the game but we played much better football than them.”
A controversial penalty decision turned the game at the Luzhniki Stadium when Ivan Perisic was judged to have handled the ball in the area, which gave Griezmann the chance to put France in front before half-time.
Lovren expressed his disappointment over the incident after praising his country’s achievements this summer.
“I am proud of what we achieved, second in the world. I’m proud of everyone and for the country. We have regrets now when we look at decisions, but it doesn’t make sense anymore.” he said.
“It’s hard to describe. Maybe after a couple of months I will have everything straight.”