Paul Pogba reveals France’s recent poor form ‘p***es me off’ as midfielder labels performances UNACCEPTABLE and admits Didier Deschamps’ side must do ‘a lot better’
- Paul Pogba has criticised France’s recent performances and the team’s desire
- Didier Deschamps’ side have drawn to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine
- Manchester United midfielder has called on the team to markedly improve
- France sit top of their World Cup qualifying group but have won two out of five
Paul Pogba has revealed his frustration at France’s recent form after they were held to two consecutive draws in World Cup qualifying.
Didier Deschamps’ side drew 1-1 at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina, after they had Jules Kounde sent off, and it was the same scoreline a few days later when they travelled to face Ukraine.
France still top their qualifying group, but have won just two of their five matches, and it’s a run of form that is not seen as acceptable by Pogba.
Paul Pogba has revealed France’s form ‘p***es him off’ after consecutive frustrating draws
Didier Deschamps’ side have won just two out of five matches so far in World Cup qualifying
‘We have to show some pride as well and not accept it all,’ he said.
‘Pardon the language, but it p***es me off to not be winning. I haven’t won with the French team in a while, and it’s something that I’ve missed.
‘I think that’s the case with everyone, with all of the players, we want to show a reaction. We’ll keep the positives, we got a point, despite the performance which needs to change.’
It is a marked changes of events from three years ago, when France were lifting the World Cup and seemingly starting a period of dominance on the international stage.
A shock exit to Switzerland at Euro 2020 was the latest example of the team not reaching the level their talent suggests they should, and Pogba has admitted Les Blues have plenty of work to do if they are to prove themselves as the best team in the world once again.
Les Blues were knocked out of Euro 2020 this summer in a shock defeat to Switzerand
‘We have to do a lot better, we know that,’ Pogba said. ‘It’s comes down to the details, we’ll need to change it and be more aggressive, work harder and show more desire.
‘I think it’s down to everyone, for example when you see a player putting in a tackle it gives a boost to go up. I include myself in that, we need to be more aggressive – when we are, we win the ball higher up the pitch and we’re more incisive.’
‘The same energy is still there [since the 2018 World Cup]. I think that we were fired up with the Euros and told that we were the best team in the world.
‘Right now, we’re not the best team in the world. We need to do the job on the pitch for that. It’s the results that are going to show that.’
Pogba believes he and his teammates have to show more desire to become the best again