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France must accept Euro 2020 favorites tag – Paul Pogba

Wed 16 June 2021 | 4:12

France midfielder Paul Pogba has said his side must deal with their tag as Euro 2020 favorites after their crucial victory against Germany.

World reigning champions

France started their Euro 2020 campaign with a crucial victory over Germany

thanks to

Mats Hummels

' own goal in Munich on Tuesday night.

Tournament favorites France were marginally the better of the two sides.

Paul Pogba

sent the ball over the bar from a corner with his shoulder,

Kylian Mbappe

had an angled shot saved, he and

Karim Benzema

had goals ruled out for offside and

Adrian Rabiot

hit the outside of the post.

With the world champions having been tipped to lift the trophy they missed out on against Portugal on home soil five years ago, Pogba insists France must accept being labeled the favorites to win Euro 2020.

"The performance of the team is the most important. Without them, I would not have been so efficient,"

Pogba told M6

.

"They helped me, they have everyone made the effort. This victory is for everyone, those who are also on the bench and in the stands to support us.

"Everyone was talking about our status as favorite, our attack, the group of death. We must assume our status with humility."

Didier Deschamps is aiming to become the first person to win the European Championship and World Cup as both a player and coach.

"We had a big match against a very good opponent,"

Deschamps told M6

.

"I knew that my players were going to be ready, we were fighting for everything, even if in the first half we could have got the ball out a little better. We did not suffer that much in the second period. It's a tough game.

"This is our first game. In our group, taking these three points is important. We were at the level, this victory is good for us."

France

take on

Hungary

in their next game on Saturday.

Germany

's task does not get any easier with

Portugal

their next opponents in a game on the same day.


source: SportMob