Croatia continued their preparation ahead of their quarter-final clash with Russia at the World at the training site in Adler on Thursday.
Reaching the quarter-finals is already an achievement in itself, but Croatia are aiming higher.
There have been a lot of comparisons between this team and the one that reached the World Cup semi-finals exactly 20 years ago in France.
Dejan Lovren spoke about this topic during a press conference on Thursday and didn’t shy from proclaiming that this team can do better than the heroes of 1998.
“Of course, the team respect the generation of 1998. They achieved the biggest success of the Croatia national team up to date. The bar is so high that, 20 years later, the national team haven’t managed to top that. I believe that the team now are very good and that we have a chance to outdo the generation of 1998, with luck and hard work” said the Liverpool and Croatia defender.
Twenty years ago Croatia, who were at their first World Cup, only lost 2-1 in the semi-final to host France.
Croatia then went on to beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place match.
That team roster included the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker.
The current squad will face hosts Russia on Saturday (7th July) at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.