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Paul Pogba has hit out at France’s poor form in their World Cup qualifying group after picking up just two points in two games in the last week.
France won the World Cup in 2018 and were very unfortunate not to win the Euros in 2016 as they announced themselves as the best team in the world.
But after their shock exit to Switzerland at Euro 2020, their form hasn’t quite been the same.
Drawing at home to Bosnia and Ukraine – against who they have only lost one game in 18 – has ensured that Les Blues are no longer considered the definitive best side in the world.
And Pogba acknowledges that his team-mates must do better as a result.
“We have to do a lot better, we know that,” Pogba said to RTL.
“It comes down to the details, we’ll need to change it and be more aggressive, work harder and show more desire.”
France still sit top of their qualifying group and barring a miracle should win it with considerable ease.
But with teams such as Germany, England and Belgium cruising against similar level opponents, Pogba notices the need for change.
“I think it’s down to everyone, for example when you see a player putting in a tackle it gives a boost to go up.
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“I include myself in that, we need to be more aggressive – when we are, we win the ball higher up the pitch and we’re more incisive.
“The same energy is still there [since the 2018 World Cup]. I think that we were fired up with the Euros and told that we were the best team in the world. Right now, we’re not the best team in the world. We need to do the job on the pitch for that. It’s the results that are going to show that.”
“We have to show some pride as well and not accept it all. Pardon the language, but it p***es me off to not be winning.”
France’s next game is against Finland, who sit just five points behind them with two games in hand.
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But Pogba believes that only a win is good enough if the players are up for the fight.
“I haven’t won with the French team in a while, and it’s something that I’ve missed. I think that’s the case with everyone, with all of the players, we want to show a reaction.
“We’ll keep the positives, we got a point, despite the performance which needs to change.”
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