After being named man of the match in France’s European Championship opener against Germany, Pogba disappointed in France’s 1-1 draw against Hungary and on Saturday and was replaced by Corentin Tolisso in the 76th minute. Temperatures reached 30 ° C in Budapest and Deschamps sensed that France was struggling because of the heat.
Pogba has been widely praised after his performance against Germany, which has reignited debate that he is more effective for his country than for his club, despite impressing for United this calendar year. Still, Pogba’s United campaign ended with a whimper when he was outscored by Scott McTominay and substituted in the Europa League final loss to Villarreal.
During his post-match press conference against Hungary, Deschamps was informed that there had been “a lot of media attention in the British press that the Pogba that we see playing for France is different from the Pogba that we see playing for France. we see playing for [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer in Manchester ‘.
“For me, it’s only the French Pogba that counts,” Deschamps said. “Obviously everything I say goes… I don’t like to say what’s going on in club football, whether it’s Solskjaer or any other manager. The players are different, the coaches are different.
“What is important for me is only what he does for the France team and the importance he has on the pitch. He is a real born leader, even if, yes, maybe today he did not have his best performance.
“But he had a blink of an eye against Germany. He was not as good today but he is a very influential player. “