Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jose Mourinho: 'France's Paul Pogba played with maturity against Belgium'

Jose Mourinho: 'France's Paul Pogba played with maturity against Belgium'

England are on the cusp of World Cup glory, with just one match standing in their way of reaching the final for the first time since 1966.

Pogba has started five of France's six World Cup matches so far, missing only the 0-0 draw with Denmark in the group stage. We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header at St Petersburg Stadium sent the French into the final, where they will be seeking their second win since 1998 - when Deschamps captained them on home soil.

"I think Pogba today showed why he went for so much money", Ferdinand said on BBC Sport's Match of the Day. "They are young, but there is character, and mentality - it was tough for them against this Belgium side".

France impressively contained Belgium in a disciplined performance that was decided by another setpiece goal - a feature of this World Cup - as Barcelona defender Umtiti outjumped the defence to glance the ball past ´keeper Thibaut Courtois.

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"When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N'Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things".

Pogba and France overcame Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg to book their date in the final in Moscow on July 15.

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said.

Deschamps also recalled France's defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris two years ago, and revealed it's still weighing on the team. "We must take advantage of it now". We always have to give credit to the players. We don't realise the support we're receiving like we did at the European Championships. We worked hard defensively. From there, he helped analyse the game for RT, who he's been working for during the World Cup. Some believe he'll end up being the best player in the world. It is in the knockout rounds that I hit my stride, though, and I hope to continue like this.

A World Cup champion will be crowned on Sunday.

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