Why Pogba played better at the World Cup- Mourinho

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 24/07/2018

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Manchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho has given explanations on why Paul Pogba played very well for France at the World Cup compared to how he does for the Red Devils in the Premier League.

Among other things, Mourinho believes a tournament environment intensified Pogba's focus during the World Cup and not that he has hasn’t done enough to get the best off the French playmaker.

"I don’t think it’s about us getting the best out of him," Mourinho told ESPN. "It’s about him giving the best he has to give.

"I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give the best. Why? Because it’s closed for a month, where he can only think about football. Where he’s with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate.

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"During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again. In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up.

"You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him.

"At the same time, I think players in the World Cup, they really feel that extra commitment with a country, with the people, that extra responsibility that makes them by the emotional point of view to be sometimes even overcommitted.

"So they play for the team, and only for the team, and the team is the most important thing, and they do everything to try to succeed. So I think it’s the perfect environment for a talented player like him to focus, to full focus on the job."
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