If he had continued like this, Paul Pogba would probably have been voted player of the tournament. But this Monday evening, the Euro of the France team stopped at the stage of the round of 16 since it was beaten on penalties by Switzerland (3-3, 5 tab to 4). But the Manchester United midfielder shone.
Already in preparation, especially against Bulgaria, he had been above the rest. For the first shock of this Euro, against Germany, he had once again shone. So, of course, like the whole formation of Didier Deschamps, he missed out on Hungary a bit, but he was once again at the level against Portugal, especially in the second half.
Deschamps had to channel it
Suffice to say that it was still expected this Monday evening against the Helvetians. Like the world champions, he was average in the first half, but devilishly effective in the second, even if he lost the ball 3-3 in midfield. Otherwise, he scored a magnificent goal, his first since the 2018 World Cup final in the jersey of the Blues.
But his match does not end with this sublime achievement. Pogba is 92% successful passes, four chances created, eleven duels won, six successful dribbles and, above all, it is important for a midfielder, 12 ball recoveries. After a match like that, it was quite logical to see him angry after the equalizer at the end of the match. Didier Deschamps relates.
” Paul is a competitor, he didn’t like the script at all. He had to be channeled a bit, he’s a leader. When you are a competitor, when you lead 3-1 … he is not used to that in the France team. He had to keep calm to play extra time “, Dropped the Basque at a press conference. France will need a conquering Pogba to defend their title in Qatar in 2022.