Asked at a press conference on the possible tensions between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé, Paul Pogba preferred to handle irony, while calming the game.
Move along, nothing to see. This is the message that Paul Pogba tried to convey this Thursday at a press conference when he was asked about the small tensions between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé. As revealed by L’Equipe, the PSG striker did not really appreciate the comments made by the Chelsea center-forward after the France team’s victory on Tuesday against Bulgaria (3-0) in preparation for the Euro.
Asked about the L’Equipe channel about its “discreet” entry into play, Giroud was quite clear: “Discreet because sometimes we go shopping but the balls don’t arrive (…) You say we didn’t see me much at first but maybe we could have been better. ” Annoyed, Mbappé would have asked to explain himself to the media in order to respond to Giroud. What Didier Deschamps would have refused, encouraging him to stay focused on the Euro to come. Unsurprisingly, Pogba was asked about this episode at Clairefontaine. And unsurprisingly, he tried to calm things down. By wielding irony.
“There is nothing at all”
“Tensions? The only tensions are on the back, on the legs, and the physiotherapists are there to massage us well and remove all these tensions …”, first slipped the middle of the Blues, before regaining his seriousness .
“Frankly, I’m in the inside, inside and there is nothing. There has always been a very good atmosphere with everyone. We will go directly to the subject: between Olivier and Kyky, he There is nothing at all. In any case, in front of me there is nothing! No, there is nothing. I think that what was said may have been transmitted badly. You know very well Kylian, his qualities, he can score and do a lot of assists, he does. He does amazing things at his age, he’s really selfless, “Pogba continued.
“He plays for the team even if I always tell him that it would be good if he defended a little more to help us midfielders”, he added, with a very broad smile. “Frankly, there is nothing, I did not see anything and nothing came out. I do not feel any tension, nothing at all of what is said outside. It is really a smile, music and massages, “concluded the Manchester United player. The France team still has five days to put out any tensions before their entry into the Euro contention, with a shock scheduled for next Tuesday (9 p.m.) against Germany in Munich.