Pogba wants France to avenge Euros defeat
XtraTime Web Desk: After reaching the big final unbeaten in the ongoing FIFA World Cup, France football team’s young sensation Kylian Mbappe said that,” Never in my wildest dreams, I have imagined this. It is the dream of a lifetime, the dream of a future”.
They have reached the final first time in last 12 years after they beat Belgium 1-0 thanks to a brilliant header in the second half by Samuel Umtiti. The last time they reached a final was back in 2006 in Germany.
One being asked about the final, the PSG forward commented that, “There is still one more step ahead of us, but we are proud of what we have done till now. In the locker room, Didier Deschamps was happy, we were all happy, we all hugged each other as well. ”
The president of the country also congratulated them. On that matter Mbappe said that “President Emmanuel Macron came to see us, the whole country is with us, we are all in this together”.
On the other hand Paul Pogba says France cannot let a chance to win the World Cup pass them by after qualifying for Sunday’s final against Croatia or England.
Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti’s goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the winner of Croatia and England.
The Manchester United midfielder was part of the France squad that lost 1-0 in extra time to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final, and Pogba hopes they can now go one better on Sunday.
“It’s beautiful, it’s good, but there’s still a step,” he told L’Equipe.
“Today I’m happy but it’s not like the Euros. We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass.
“You have to focus. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final. We were there [in 2016], we were close to winning the title and we missed.
“It makes me happy that people are happy, but I hope to make them even happier on the evening of the 15th of July.”
Pogba later took to social media to dedicate France’s win over Belgium to the football team that was rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.