Paul Pogba may have won the World Cup in 2018, but he says he is still hurting from France’s Euro 2016 final loss.
Speaking to the media ahead of France’s Euro 2020 group stage opener against Germany on Tuesday, Pogba says he is highly motivated to win the tournament.
France were hosts in 2016 and reached the final before losing to Portugal 1-0 at the last hurdle.
Despite the World Cup triumph in Russia two years later, he has been unable to forget it.
“It hasn’t changed (the feeling). Another team came to take this cup from us. That of course stays. We won the World Cup, frankly it was bad for good.”
Pogba is even more determined to help France win this year’s tournament and knows it is first place or nothing, such is the high standard set by his team.
“Now we didn’t come here to participate in Euro (2020) and just be a great team that participated. We want, we want to win that, we want to go for the victory, we have to be motivated. We must want more than the others.”
The other group game sees Hungary host Portugal, the team which beat France in the 2016 final.
He knows it will be tight and he wants France to be at the top of their game mentally and avoid complacency. Three teams can qualify from the group which increases the margin for error.
His club, Manchester United lost to Villareal in the Uefa Europa League final, something which he is still hurting from as well.
The tournament gives him, and other United players, a fresh chance at glory just a few weeks after the final in Gdansk.
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