"But if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like we did when we played Argentina, if we will be compact, then I don't believe that there will be problems".
"From my point of view I had people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told beIN Sports.
"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".
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Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, he said: "I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".
Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he deserves to be considered amongst the best defenders in world football.
Croatia made history by surpassing the 1998 team that lost in the semi- finals. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said.
"This is something we will never forget". People now will never forget us. He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight. "In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".
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.