Lovren slams Na­tions League

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Daily Mail AFP

I am a spon­sor [Mbappe spon­sors the French char­ity Pre­miers de Cordée] be­cause be­ing hand­i­capped is some­thing dif­fi­cult. Show­ing them that they can do sports like ev­ery­one is some­thing close to my heart.”

Mbappe con­tin­ued his hero­ics for his coun­try when he scored a last-minute penalty to spare France's blushes against Ice­land on Thurs­day.

Ice­land took a shock lead on the halfhour mark af­ter Birkir Bjar­na­son put the vis­i­tors in front be­fore they dou­bled their lead in the sec­ond half.

An Hol­mar Orn Eyjolf­s­son own goal and Mbappe's 90th-minute spot-kick saw the game fin­ish 2-2 at the Stade du Roudourou.

De­jan Lovren feels the re­cently launched UEFA Na­tions League ‘is a ridicu­lous com­pe­ti­tion’.

The newly-formed tour­na­ment was cre­ated as a way to re­strict the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional friendly matches.

It is also de­signed to en­sure that na­tions with a sim­i­lar stand­ings in world foot­ball get to play against each other.

But the Croa­t­ian de­fender agrees with his Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp that the com­pe­ti­tion is largely mean­ing­less.

Ahead of fac­ing Eng­land in the tour­na­ment yes­ter­day, Lovren was


re­ported as say­ing: "I agree with Klopp, the Na­tions League is a ridicu­lous com­pe­ti­tion. “There is no sense in play­ing these games. It's not a real com­pe­ti­tion that you have to win.

“You can call these games what­ever you want, but the fact is they are friendly games!

"Now the play­ers go off and play the Na­tions League which is the most sense­less com­pe­ti­tion in the world. “We have to start think­ing about the play­ers. You have to call the man­ager of any coun­try and say can you leave play­ers out and he says I am un­der pres­sure as well.”

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