The Blues had an appointment with their public on the occasion of their last test before the Euro against Bulgaria at the Stade de France this Tuesday evening. Everyone was once again curious about the attacking trio (Benzema-Griezmann-Mbappé), but also about N’Golo Kanté, a real darling of the public, whether French or not, since it was his first match with the Blues.
But what struck everyone above all against Bulgaria was Paul Pogba. Already very good in his role of playmaker back against Wales in Nice last week, the Mancunien was able to show something else in Paris. On the first goal, it is he who is on the penultimate pass and who eliminates his opponents with a sumptuous gesture. We were lucky since Didier Deschamps left him the whole match, and that was just the start.
Pogba’s technique raises Stade de France
Subsequently, he gained confidence and we know it, when he is confident, he is simply unplayable. He has shown absolutely all the panoply of an extremely modern midfielder. We could see him in the short game, which he masters very well, but also in the long game, where he often quickly looked for Kylian Mbappé in depth when possible.
But, really, what was most impressive against Bulgaria, and we still have to put things into perspective given the level of adversity in the evening, without disrespecting him of course, it is above all his technical faculties. He chained the dribbles, always of perfect use, to extract himself from a semblance of pressing before passing one then two then three players and back up the leather along the field. The coach was absolutely charmed at the end of the meeting.
” In Nice, it was a resumption match for him after four days of stoppage so time management. Paul is a very important player on the pitch and in the leadership as well. He knows what I expect from him, he is able to do anything with us. With his club, it depends on what we ask him. He has this ability to be able to defend, pass, and project himself. He has a little more freedom in the system that we use for these two matches. But at the World Cup he had a more restrictive role, but he liked it too. We’re gonna need him and all the players at their best », Deschamps confided at a press conference. With this Pogba and this Kanté, France has plenty to see.