Pogba: France are not favorites

Pogba: France are not favorites

12 Jul 2018, 16:35

France midfielder Paul Pogba has insisted that France are not favourites against Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow.

Les Bleus are considered by many as the stronger of the two but the French midfielderis against this concept. He has insisted that Croatia is a mentally strong team.

"I don't think we are the favourites, It is a World Cup final," he said in a news conference on Thursday. "Croatia are really strong mentally. They came back from a goal down against England. They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three matches] but the most determined team will win on Sunday. We have to stay like we are, not think that we are the favourites. Before the tournament started, there were doubts over us. We still haven't won anything. We want to go and get this World Cup together."

Samuel Umtiti, the goalscoring hero of the semifinal victory over Belgium, agrees with Pogba's assessment.

"We are only focused on our game and our performance," he said. "We have to play as a team like we have done so far in the knock out stage. We are not thinking about being favourites. "We are keeping our feet on the ground, we are not getting carried away. There is one more match to play. It is the most important one of all."

Umtiti expects a very good game and played down the physical aspect of Croatia's play.

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