‘This one match changes everything’: Video footage reveals inspirational team talk Paul Pogba gave France players ahead of the World Cup final
- Video footage of Paul Pogba’s World Cup final team talk has emerged
- Man United midfielder gave a rousing speech moments before the game
- Pogba told team-mates they were ’90 mins away from entering history books’
- Frenchman scored third goal in crucial moment to stop Croatia coming back
With the expectations of a nation resting on their shoulders, they may have not needed any extra motivation for the final with Croatia – but that didn’t stop Pogba stepping up and trying to provide it.
The 25-year-old told his fellow Les Bleus stars they were ’90 minutes away from entering the history books’ and becoming just the second France side to lift the prestigious prize.
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Video footage of Paul Pogba’s (left) motivational World Cup final team talk has emerged
The midfielder gave a rousing speech in the changing room moments before the game
‘Boys, I don’t want to talk too much, we all know where we are, we all know what we want, we know how far we have come,’ Pogba told the team as they grouped in the centre of the the changing room.
‘We know it in our hearts, in our eyes. I can see it boys, we are concentrated. We cannot forget. Maybe I am repeating myself.
‘We are 90 minutes away from possibly making history. 90 minutes. One match. One match.
Pogba celebrates with the trophy after helping France win the World Cup final on Sunday
The 25-year-old celebrates scoring the third goal in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final
‘I don’t know how many matches we have played in our careers but this is one match that changes everything. That changes all of history.
‘There are two teams, there is one trophy. For them it is the same, they want it. We know we lost a final (Euro 2016). We know it. We feel it in our hearts. It’s still in our heads. Today we are not going to let another team take what is ours.
‘Tonight I want us to be in the memory of all the French people who are watching us. Their children, their children’s children, and their children’s children’s children. I want us to go onto the pitch as warriors, as leaders.’
Pogba (centre), Kylian Mbappe (right) and Antoine Griezmann following their victory
Pogba has come in for criticism since his move to Manchester United but showed his true ability throughout the tournament as he played a crucial role in guiding France to World Cup glory.
The 25-year-old silenced his doubters with several superb displays, including a dominate performance against Croatia’s midfield which included Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Pogba also scored the crucial third goal as France won 4-2 in the final, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe also finding the net at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Ousmane Dembele (2nd right) shared a video of himself, Pogba (left), Blaise Matuidi (right) and Antoine Griezmann dancing on Thursday