Didier Deschamps and Antoine Griezmann have jumped to the defence of Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder was jeered during France’s most recent Friendly.
France ran out 3-1 winners against Italy in Nice on Friday night, with goals coming from Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.
However despite the seemingly comfortable scoreline, the French supporters weren’t exactly happy with the performance of Les Bleus. Their frustrations boiled over when the £89 million man gave the ball away, prompting jeers and whistles from the crowd.
Despite the obvious frustration among the home support, France manager Didier Deschamps was keen to defend his midfielder:
“The whistles for Paul Pogba? It’s not just for him, at one point we kept the ball and they whistled too,” France manager Deschamps told TF1. “It had already happened.
“The public also prefers to score five, six goals but it’s high level, there is a team in front of us. The players do the right thing.
“Are they affected or not, I do not know… I will not remember that, but if it maybe could not be the case, it would be better.”
Griezmann also offered his support to Pogba, saying: “The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team.
“He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.”