France could only draw 1-1 against a spirited Hungarian side and no player, Pogba included, has reached the levels of the German match.
Pogba reflected on the laborious performance against Hungary and blamed it on the game early in the afternoon.
Quoted by Walfoot, Pogba said: “It has been a long time since I played in such conditions. Dry ground, the sun was beating hard: I don’t remember the last game when I played with such heat.
Playing in an often rainy Manchester, it’s fair to say that Pogba doesn’t have to play too often in sweltering heat. He was substituted after 76 minutes as France chased a winner.
The United star added that he believes the draw was a timely warning for France and to which they will respond well.
Pogba said: “We are still a bit disappointed because we wanted to win and qualify. Now there is one more game. It’s not a slap, but a slap in the face to say: ‘guys, we know what’s in store for us’. “
Pogba’s France next face Portugal, who were beaten 4-2 by Germany in their game.
That means there will be a lot to play for on Wednesday, when Pogba’s France take on Bruno Fernandes’ Portugal.
The match already had an advantage as it was a rematch of the Euro 2016 final which France lost 1-0. Pogba said ahead of the tournament that it was a loss he still couldn’t give up.
The bad news for Pogba is that Wednesday’s game will again take place in Budapest, Hungary. The good news is that it kicks off at 8 p.m. and the temperature will be much cooler than on Saturday.
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