Paul Pogba was called a “complete midfielder” by France boss Didier Deschamps ahead of a round of 16 match with Switzerland at Euro 2020.
The Manchester United fan may be a presence often lamented by Red Devils critics, but he has been one of the stars of the European Championship so far.
He played a major role in creating France’s goal in their 1-0 win over Germany and then produced an assist for Karim Benzema in the 2-2 draw against Portugal, which sparked praise from his head coach.
What was said?
“Paul is a complete midfielder,” Deschamps told the media. “He has this passing quality, it’s part of his game. You have to have the right movement. He has a fairly free role. He is not limited on the offensive aspect, his position can change, it depends on the placement and movement of other players.
Deschamps on the France system
With Lucas Digne and Marcus Thuram excluded – in addition to Ousmane Dembele, who has withdrawn from the tournament previously – and Jules Koundé likely to be absent, France could go to a 3-5-2.
Indeed, it is said that several key players in France have requested this change.
“I like to talk to my players before I decide, a bit more with the more experienced players,” he said. “The objective is to put them in place so that they are effective. But I’m the one who makes the decisions.
“It’s an option for us, whether we can take it or not. The choice I am going to make is to be as dangerous as possible for our opponents.