Pogba: Bring on Germany

The Juventus star was delighted with his goalscoring role in France knocking out the Super Eagles and says he has dreamt of this World Cup moment


France star Paul Pogba has stressed that Didier Deschamps’ men don’t fear anyone ahead of a potential quarter-final match against Germany.

Les Bleus booked their ticket for the final eight following a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the Estadio Mane Garrincha on Monday – with Pogba opening the scoring before Joseph Yobo beat his own goalkeeper to make it two – and the Juventus star is brimming with confidence.

“Why should we be afraid of Germany? We are not afraid of anyone. We are the national team of France. We will play whoever we get and play to win. We will always give everything,” Pogba said at a press conference, before going on that he would like to meet hosts Brazil at some point in the tournament.

“Of course we would love to play Brazil. I remember watching France-Brazil when I was a kid in 1998. There’s a nice rivalry. It would be great to meet them again. But we have to take things one step at a time.”

The midfielder picked up the man of the match award following his fine outing and he was immensely pleased with his role in the victory over Stephen Keshi’s men, while he hopes that any doubts about the national team have been obliterated with progress to the quarter-finals.

“I knew there was a whole country that would support us – scoring that goal has freed us,” the Juventus star told TF1.

“I am very happy for the team and for the whole of France. Playing in the last eight of the World Cup has always been a dream of mine.

“I am really happy that we won. I was man of the match, but it was a team effort. I wouldn’t have been here without my team-mates.

“This is one of the proudest moments of my life.”

France will face either Germany or Algeria in the last eight of the World Cup, with Brazil or Colombia waiting in the semi-finals for the victor.


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