Paul Pogba opens up on Olivier Giroud-Kylain Mbappe rift ahead of Euro 2020

June 11th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has played down talk of a possible rift between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe and insists there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Chelsea striker was clearly frustrated after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria on Tuesday, and complained about a lack of service from his team-mates.

Keen to avoid any unwanted pre-tournament drama, Didier Deschamps looked to diffuse the situation and insisted Giroud’s observation was not meant as a direct swipe at Mbappe during his post-match press conference.

Pogba – who got 90 minutes under his belt versus Bulgaria – joined his manager in rubbishing rumours of possible friction between the two attackers as he addressed the media on Thursday.

Asked whether there has been any tension between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba joked: ‘No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly.

“You know Kylian, you know his qualities.

“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.

“He is an altruistic player. But I always tell him that it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs).

“In any case, I did not see anything and we do not feel any tensions. Nothing came out.”

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