Manchester United star Paul Pogba has warned his team-mates at the French national team not to get carried away by the power-packed squad that they have.
With Karim Benzema back in the national squad after a long wait of 6 years, the Les Blues look more lethal than ever. The trio of Benzema, Griezmann and Mbappe can give nightmares to even the best defences in Europe, and they are arguably the favourites to win the tournament this year.
What concerns Paul Pogba?
However, french midfielder Paul Pogba feels that they must avoid being over-confident if they want to be successful in the tournament. The Frenchman agrees that they have a very strong team ‘on-paper’ which is why some of his teammates are very likely to take the Euros for granted. “It’s the ego that kills you,” quoted Paul Pogba to support his statement.
In a recent interview that Paul Pogba gave to TF1, he said
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Paul Pogba even termed the French national side as a ‘playstation team’, or a dream team as all of their positions are occupied by the best in the world.
“We have a PlayStation team but it will remain a PlayStation team if we don’t win a trophy,” he told Eurosport.
“We have to live up to expectations and there’ll be even more expected with Karim’s return. It’s nice to see a team sheet like that… It’s always an honour but you always have to be present on the pitch.
“Being world champions and having a team like that, we will be expected to do even more.
“We must remain humble. I want to give this message: it’s not a foregone conclusion. We hear a lot of talk but we keep our feet on the ground.”
Moreover, France has been placed in Group F in Euro 2020, alongside Germany, Portugal and Hungary. Tough group fixtures have made concentration and focus the need of the hour at the french camp.
France’s recent performances
France defeated Wales 3-0 in last week’s friendly. In what proved to be an easy victory for the Les Blues, Mbappe, Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored one goal each. It was a rather unpleasant return to the national side for Karim Benzema as the Real Madrid star missed a penalty. France however, got an early one man advantage when Welsh defender Neco Williams was shown his way out in the 26th minute for a deliberate handball.
France play their next friendly against Bulgaria on 9th June before heading into Euro 2020, where they meet Germany in the first match on 16th June.