France coach Didier Deschamps has called for easing pressure off Paul Pogba following the midfielder's big summer move to Manchester United. The French coach also chose to keep his cards close on Karim Benzema's return stating that the Real Madrid star would be assessed on his performace only.
Following his record-breaking transfer from Juventus to Manchester United in the summer, Paul Pogba has been burdened by the weight of expectations at the Old Trafford. Fans and pundits took a microscope to his performances, scrutinizing every move he makes on the pitch. But his national team coach, Didier Deschamps, thinks that the 23-year old can do fine even with the heavy expectations.
"He has changed his club team and needs to find his bearing with his new team-mates," Deschamps told a news conference at Clairefontaine.
"With Paul, we always expect more. When he does something neutral, often it is not enough. He is someone we expect to make assists in every game – there is an expectation that is too large. [But] Paul is okay in his own head. He knows what he wants, " Deschamps said.
Deschamps also spoke about the inclusion of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in France's team after he was not picked for the country's Euro 2016 squad due to a legal battle involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Recently, Benzema told Telefoot that he was keen to end his international exile, stating "I love the France team… I love my country".
But Deschamps remained coy about the comments saying such comments from the players will not be considered when it comes to choosing his squad for international duty.
"I expect nothing from Karim, like the other players," he said. "What you say or write will not change anything in what I think and which players I will choose," reported Goal.com.
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