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Paul Pogba delivered speech ahead of France’s World Cup 2018 game against Argentina

France star Paul Pogba made a number of speeches en route to the World Cup 2018 final and footage of his comments prior to the Argentina clash has emerged.

football Updated: Jul 18, 2018 12:03 IST
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France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after disembarking from the plane upon their arrival at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport on the outskirts of Paris, on July 16, 2018 after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup final football match.(AFP)

Paul Pogba delivered an inspired speech before France’s World Cuplast-16 win over Argentina, telling his team-mates “today we kill them, Messi or no Messi”.

France claimed their second world title thanks to Sunday’s4-2 victory against Croatia in Moscow and Pogba’s influence on the dressing room has been tellingamid the celebrations.

Pogba madea number ofspeechesenroute to thedecider and footage of his comments prior to France’sthrilling 4-3 triumph at the expense of Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Kazanhas emerged.

“I want to see warriors on the field guys,” Pogba told his team-mates in a scene from a documentary aired by TF1. “I don’t want to go home!

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“We will finish happy! I want to party tonight. I want to be dead on the field, all together! I want men, warriors, soldiers.

“Today we will ‘kill’them. Messi or noMessi I don’t care! We come to win this f******World Cup!”

Manchester United midfielder Pogba was at it again before France defeated 10-man Uruguay 2-0 in Nizhny Novgorodfor a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

“That’s it, there is no turning back anymore,” said Pogba. “That’s it! We’re going to continue, we’regonnago all the way! See you on July 15th - all together!

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“Today Blaise [Matuidiwho was banned for the quarter-final clash due to anaccumulationof yellow cards] is on the bench, he’s disappointed, he’s annoyed! He wants to play more than anyone else on the pitch! He’s bummed!

“It’s for guys like him that we fight today! He’s not going to be there on the pitch, but it will be as if he was there with us. Everyone needs to bring their A game!

“And now we’re going to fight for our partners, like we did before! Argentina and maybe even more! Even more! Always more! We have to beat the best to be the best!”

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 09:46 IST