Paul Pogba downplays rumors of tension between France team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud – –

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Paul Pogba downplays rumors of tension between France team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud – –


Kylian Mbappe was reportedly ‘angry’ at Olivier Giroud’s comments after France beat Bulgaria (Photo: Getty)

Paul Pogba has minimized discussions on a possible break between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe and insists that there is a “good atmosphere” in the French camp before their Euro 2020 campaign.

The reigning world champions took a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in Tuesday’s one-sided warm-up, as Giroud’s late brace put the game to bed after Antoine Griezmann’s acrobatic strike in the first half .

However, the Chelsea forward – who replaced injured Karim Benzema in the 41st minute – was clearly frustrated after the game and complained about a lack of service from his teammates.

“I was a little calm because sometimes I go shopping and the balls don’t come. I’m not saying that I’m always doing the best runs, but I’m looking to offer solutions in the box, ”Giroud told L’Equipe du Soir.

Giroud was frustrated despite a brace in France’s warm-up victory (Photo: Getty

According to L’Equipe, Mbappe felt “attacked” and “angry” by Giroud’s explosive interview, to the point that he had to be prevented from making a statement to the media in response to his teammate’s comments.

The unsavory episode at the Stade de France has threatened to overshadow the team’s preparations ahead of their opening Group F clash with German heavyweight opponents next week.

Pogba says there is a “good atmosphere” within the France team (Photo: Getty)

Anxious to avoid any unwanted drama ahead of the tournament, Didier Deschamps sought to defuse the situation and insisted that Giroud’s observation was not intended to hit Mbappe directly at his post-press conference. match.

Pogba – who has had 90 minutes under his belt against Bulgaria – joined his manager in refuting rumors of possible friction between the two forwards as he addressed the media on Thursday.

When asked if there had been any tension between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba joked: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a good atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there was nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was transmitted poorly. “

The Manchester United midfielder added: “You know Kylian, you know his qualities.

“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.

“He’s an altruistic player. But I always tell him it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs).

“Anyway, I didn’t see anything and we don’t feel any tension. Nothing came out.

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Deschamps’ men are favorites to win this summer’s Euro (Photo: Getty)

France are heading to the Euro as the tournament favorites, although they are ranked in the “death group” along with Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

“These are not the favorites, these are the super favorites,” former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports.

“The favorite is not big enough because when you win the World Cup and you have in your team, [N’Golo] Kanté, Pogba, Benzema, Griezmann, [Kingsley] Coman, Giroud, I forgot half of it … [Ousmane] Dembélé.

“You will have 11 players on the bench who would play essentially for any other national team.

“So you can’t deny the fact that you are the world champion and that this is a team that has not reached its peak.

“It’s a team that is still growing, because these guys are all young. Apart from two or three, the core of the team is very young.

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