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Schmeichel: Croatia pair Lovren, Vida just not very good

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel slammed Croatia's defensive pair Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida after defeat to France in the World Cup final.

Schmeichel believes Liverpool defender Lovren failed to live up to his semifinal boasts.

He said, "One of the big things through the past week has been the statement from Dejan Lovren, who's come out and done this 'Hey look at me I am a really good defender. You all criticized me, but in fact I am one of the best defenders in the world.' That's what he said after the game against England.

"That's what he went out and said, which is a very bad idea. Let me be very clear, today he didn't show that. His partner in the centre of defence, Vida, didn't show that either. They were not very good today. They didn't give Croatia the kind of protection that you need to have in these games.

“Maybe Lovren got a little bit ahead of himself. In the last two months two of the biggest finals you can play he has played in and he has lost. So he's not had a great time. And one of the reasons France scored four goals today was the unrest in that Croatian defence."

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