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Deschamps explains Pogba role
During the tournament, much focus has been on French midfielder Paul Pogba.
His performances for Les Bleus often draw attention for the difference in output spotted between them and his displays in a Manchester United shirt.
However, Didier Deschamps has moved to explain his role in the French team.
“Listen, Paul is a complete midfielder,” said Deschamps. “He has so many qualities – he can pass vertically, diagonally, all of this is part of his game.
“Then, of course, we work on the positioning, but it’s not only about playing good passes, it’s also about the positioning before the pass.
“His role is quite liberal, he’s not limited in the offensive approach.
“If there’s a need, he can also go back to win the ball behind, but on the pitch sometimes he can play a little bit higher or lower.
“His position can also develop between the left and right side, it just depends on the positioning of the other players.”
Could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer look to learn a thing or two from Deschamps explanation of how they are getting the best from the former Juventus man.
Hernandez makes bench
France have faced an injury crisis of late with several players suffering tournament ending issues. Ousmane Dembele and Lucas Digne are both out for the duration of the competition.
Made worse at left-back by the knock to Lucas Hernandez, many felt he may not be fit whatsoever for the last-16 tie with Switzerland but news has emerged he will be with the squad.
However, L’Equipe reporter Bertrand Latour has said, “Lucas Hernandez will be on the bench!” on Twitter.
🚨Lucas Hernandez sera sur le banc !
— Bertrand Latour (@LatourBertrand) June 28, 2021
This will come as a big boost for the rest of the tournament should Deschamps’ side overcome Switzerland.
It is likely that in his place will be Adrien Rabiot who came on against Portugal in the final group game for the injured Digne.
Should France take a commanding lead in the game, it is unlikely that Deschamps will bring Hernandez on and instead rest the Bayern Munich man as much as possible.
France play Switzerland at 8pm UK time this evening for a place in the quarter finals.
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