Patrick Vieira has argued that Paul Pogba would take his game to another level if he had someone like Roy Keane putting him under pressure.
Pogba scored a wonderful goal against Switzerland which looked to have secured France’s passage to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, but the Swiss staged a late comeback to level the game at 3-3, before triumphing on penalties.
Keane and Vieira were speaking on ITV after Switzerland’s shock win against reigning world champions France, and commented on Pogba’s frustrating aspects on a night where he performed well overall.
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‘He lacks that discipline defensively.’
“I’d be looking at the goal they conceded in injury time when he was sloppy in midfield, that’s the bit I’d be really critical [of],” Keane said.
“Which seems harsh because he’s done some brilliant stuff going forward today. There’s no doubting Paul’s quality, it’s just the other side, maybe his maturity.
“Even tonight he still leaves you frustrated, even with his brilliant quality going forward he lacks that discipline defensively.”
“I think if he played next to Roy, he’d be a different player. He needs somebody behind his back, putting him under pressure, being really demanding of him… it’s frustrating because he can give much more than what he’s giving to the team.”@OfficialVieira discusses Paul Pogba pic.twitter.com/Xkd2j9utgx
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Patrick Vieira on Paul Pogba.
Vieira, a former fierce rival of Keane, agreed with the Irishman’s comments on Pogba’s lack of discipline in defence.
In fact, the France legend believes Pogba needs to be playing alongside someone like Keane in midfield to truly reach his potential.
“When you look at his potential, what he can do in midfield, you expect more from him,” Vieira commented.
“I think if he played next to Roy he would be maybe a different player because what he needs is someone behind his back and to put him under pressure and to be really demanding of him.
“I think being consistent and being behind him and putting him under pressure every single day, it would take time… he will improve. It is frustrating because he can give much more than what he is giving to the team.”