As France prepare to face Croatia in Sundays World cup final, Manchester United and French Midfielder, Paul Pogba has said France are determined not to make the same mistakes they made two years ago in the Final of the European cup against Portugal.
Speaking to the Press, the former most expensive footballer said: “We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago. We want to work for it, to give everything we have to take this Cup home,”
“I think at the Euro we thought it was already a done deal, the mentality was not the same as now. I cannot lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final. I know the taste of losing a final. I don’t want it to happen again.
“Against Portugal we thought we had won it before the start of the game. That will not happen again.”
France have been the standout team of the tournament, having beaten Argentina, Belgium, and Uruguay without extra-time, and have rightly been tagged the favourite going into the final. But the Croats have been no push-over themselves. They have knocked out England, coming from a goal behind, and also beaten the stubborn hosts on penalties.
Pogba is keen not to repeat the mistakes of two years ago, and believes the Croats have a lot of talent and deserve to be in the final.
. “The Croats had a very difficult match and they were behind. But they are mentally very strong. There are two teams in the final, a Cup and there are 90 minutes more. “For us, we are not the favourites. We stay as we are from the start of the tournament. We have no doubts, we play together, that’s our strength. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed.”
The World cup final will be played on Sunday.