“For me, only the French Pogba counts” – Deschamps dismisses claims that Pogba players better for France

Paul Pogba’s ‘star of the match’ performance against Germany last week raised a few eyebrows among Manchester United fans. Suggestions that the Frenchman performed better for his country started to do the rounds on social media and the France manager was quizzed on the matter recently.

France ran out 1-0 winners over Germany in their opening group game of the tournament but a dazzling display from Paul Pogba was the talking point after the final whistle.

Pogba enjoyed a good second half of last season but still, the Frenchman has been accused of not trying as hard as he does on international duty. France manager Didier Deschamps dismissed the claims after his side drew 1-1 to Hungary, insisting that players and coaches are different.

“For me, it’s only the French Pogba that counts,” Deschamps is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

“Obviously, everything that I say is going to… I don’t like to say what is happening at club football, be it talking about Solskjaer or any other coach. Players are different, coaches are different.

“What’s important for me is only what he’s doing for the French team and the importance he has on the pitch. He’s a real-born leader, even though, yes, maybe today he didn’t have his best performance.”

Deschamps’ was unwilling to get drawn into controversy and defended Pogba despite his poor performance against Hungary, insisting that players react to different styles.

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