The 29-year-old also helped Liverpool to the final of the Champions League last season, but he was criticised for some of his performances throughout the campaign and even received a death threat following a particularly poor showing against Tottenham Hotspur in October. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.
They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games.
Like with my case, I think people should respect me also.
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'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.
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We know what's at stake and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel because this is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
"If you want, I had two players in the team because Ivan Perisic was my player when we won the double years ago at Dortmund". There is too much criticism about me.
"I went through a lot of sh** and now I would say it is coming back".
"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone".
And he is delighted that this current Croatian generation have finally lived up to, and now surpassed, the standards of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals.
"I just decided that I didn't deserve to be there", he explained. Third or fourth at the World Cup, with all the teams that were not there like Italy and Holland, that were out early like Germany, Brazil and Argentina - it's a big tournament with a lot of really good teams. I preferred to keep on the side. "I made it right now".