Paul Pogba shrugs off Mbappe and Giroud bust-up by boasting about France “family”

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Paul Pogba says France's attacking players have the steel to go with the style required to go all the way at Euro 2020.

World Cup holders France opened their tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Germany in Group F, dubbed the Group of Death, which also includes Portugal.

Pogba's sublime pass to Lucas Hernandez led to the own goal by Mats Hummels, with the Manchester United midfielder's performance earning him the man of the match award.

France coach Didier Deschamps is blessed with an array of formidable attacking talent, including Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema.

But France were forced to dig deep against Germany and show a grittier side to eke out the win, with Pogba adamant flair players like him can put in the necessary hard graft and defensive duties.

Paul Pogba mixed grit and flair against Germany

“The attacking power we have, we know the quality and that we can cause problems to any team,” said Pogba.

“But we know as well that attackers have to defend as well, help the team and move and position themselves into spaces where we're not used to seeing them.

“We did a good job against Germany and this is going to be important in the matches ahead.

“We're used to playing big tournaments. We need to be present and focused in these tournaments. That's where we have to show and prove our status.

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“But we need to stay humble, modest and work hard, think about the team, show team effort and have a great team spirit. We worked well against Germany and produced a great team performance.”

France are favourites to triumph at Euro 2020 and become the first country to win back-to-back World Cup and European Championships twice, a feat they achieved in 1998 and 2000.

They certainly have the talent to do so but, according to Pogba, one of their biggest strengths is the unity of the squad.

“It's not only me, to be honest,” said Pogba. “It's the group, the atmosphere within the squad is just fantastic.

“To be surrounded by these players, it's like a family, it's beautiful and we shouldn't forget who stands next to me – Adrien Rabiot and N'Golo Kante.

“Then, with our four defenders, we're very solid, so it's not only me, it's the whole team, the collective, who push me and show me to do my best, to show my best.

“It might be me who has been awarded the man of the match award, but it doesn't matter.

“Tomorrow it could be Kylian, Adrien, this time it was me. But in this team, anyone can achieve it and win this award.”

On the integration of new players, like Rabiot and the returning Benzema, Pogba said: “It's like Karim has never been away, Adrien the same.

“We're together, despite the fact they didn't take part in the World Cup. But they have proved themselves, showed their qualities on and off the pitch, and this is very good for us.”

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