France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia because they played better football. Yes, technically, football is a physical sport. Passing from foot to foot, attacking and scoring goals.
However, there is one power that is greater than physical ability. That is mentally strong. Mentally, France is tougher than Croatia. This was evident in the appearances of both teams on the field, Croatia loosened up a bit when trailing 1-4.
France’s mental strength apparently comes from one of its players, Paul Pogba. This versatile midfielder incarnated as a leader in the French squad.
Pogba is not a tactician who suggests how to play to his teammates. More than that, Pogba is an excellent orator, his speech is explosive, boosting the mentality of every player, making goosebumps goosebumps.
Some time ago, there was a video recording of Pogba’s speech when France beat Argentina in the last 16. It turned out that Pogba did not only do it once, in the final match against Croatia, his speech was more fiery. These are Pogba’s sentences as quoted from 433:
“Guys, I don’t want to say much. We all know where we are right now. We all know what we want. We know how far we have come. We know it in our hearts, in our eyes. I can see it. , man.”
“We are fully concentrated. We cannot forget. Maybe I repeat what I said, we are only 90 minutes from the possibility of making history. 90 minutes, one game.”
“One game, I don’t know how many games we have played in our careers, but this one game changed everything. It changed the whole history. There are two teams, there is only one trophy. For them too, they want it”
“We know, we lost the final (Euro 2016), we know it. We feel it here (pointing to chest), it’s still in our heads. Today we won’t let another team take what is rightfully ours.”
“Tonight, I want us to be in memory of all the French people who watch us their children, their grandchildren, even their great-grandchildren. I want us to enter the field as fighters, as leaders.”
Defending France at the 2018 World Cup has played an important role for Pogba. He’s learned a lot, he’s matured, Pogba has become a leader.
It’s true that the captain of the French national team is officially Hugo Lloris, but Pogba is equally important.
As France defender Adil Rami said: “I don’t know how and I don’t know where, he (Pogba) is already a leader. He proved that to us, he showed it,” concluded Rami.