Paul Pogba signed an extraordinary match on Tuesday night against Germany (1-0).
Designated man of the match, he reigned in midfield, bringing out the full range of the perfect midfielder.
His former coach Pierre Mankowski, with whom he was U20 world champion in 2013, deciphers his game and explains why he is an exceptional player.
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How unusual is Paul Pogba?
Already physically he is impressive (
Editor's note: he measures 1.91 m
He's a big build, very powerful, but at the same time going fast with the ball and seeing quickly.
He is able to defend very well, to project himself as a second attacker, to create chances.
He is a very complete player.
How do you judge his performance against Germany?
I found it very good and above all very liberated.
He allowed himself high quality technical gestures.
He was very helpful in collecting the ball, in the last and penultimate pass.
In addition, we can count on him for the offensive and defensive stopped phases.
We find him everywhere, he is a leader.
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What is its greatest quality?
It's very difficult to say!
He really has them all.
As long as he's released and feels good, he's unstoppable.
"He has so many qualities that the difficulty for him is knowing when to use a particular force," Raphaël Varane said of him.
Do you share his opinion?
It is true that he can act in all circumstances.
It has the right facets to answer any problem.
He just has to make the right choice and right now he's in a good period, he's only making very good choices.
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Is he the best midfielder in the world in the alternation of short and long play today?
To say that he is the best is complicated.
At this level, there are quite a few players capable of playing the game, but he is certainly one of the most complete players in terms of technical, tactical and physical qualities.
It combines everything.
There really isn't much to say to him before a game, it's up to him to do the right thing afterwards.
You speak of him as a "leader".
He was already with the U20 in 2013, he was one of the gang leaders.
For me, it was also a relay, as could also be Samuel Umtiti and Yaya Sanogo.
He was a very important player in relation to what he represented in the group, to the speech, to the values he transmitted.
Already at that time, he did not hesitate to speak, to comment, and at the same time he was the one through whom we could pass his messages.
Is its lack of realism its main weak point?
At the start, it's still a defensive midfielder.
His primary role is not to score goals, but he is so good that we would like him to do everything, to be sharper in front.
The fact of already being a very good last passer is a great quality.
He's put in a few set pieces, he can hit from a distance.
It's really top level.