Pogba ‘knows how to raise level’ amid negative Man Utd impact
Hugo Lloris admits France teammate Paul Pogba “lacks rhythm” and insists the Manchester United star “knows how to raise his level”.
Pogba has come under intense criticism for his performances at the start of this season and is now far from a guaranteed starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His poor club form transferred to the international stage as he was taken off early in the second half of France’s home defeat to Finland.
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Les Blues manager Didier Deschamps admits the situation at his club is affecting his performances for France.
He said: “Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally.
“I know him well enough and it can happen at some points.”
But Lloris has defended the midfielder, pointing out that he has overcome “adversity” plenty of times over the course of his career.
“He lacks a bit of rhythm, compared to his situation at his club. Like [Raphael] Varane or [Antoine] Griezmann, he comes with a smile,” the Spurs captain told a press conference ahead of Les Bleus’ UEFA Nations League clash with Portugal on Saturday night.
“We see him ready to meet the challenges, the jersey of Les Bleus is close to his heart.
“He is one of the leaders of this team. He has a long history [with the national team] and also knows how to raise his level when necessary, especially when there is adversity.
“Tomorrow (Saturday), he will be keen to do well.”
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