Paul Pogba Struggles to Focus After World Cup Win

Paul Pogba, who currently plays for Manchester United, has stated that he is struggling to focus after France won the World Cup in Russia, but insisted that he can still successfully lead the squad despite the fact that he has been released from vice-captaincy duties.

Paul Pogba has reportedly had a fallout with Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United football manager, on several occasions during the season which coincided with an extremely slow start for Manchester United this season who are currently eighth in Premier League standings with 13 points which is 7 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Pogba, the former Juventus midfielder, has managed to score twice this season and provided two assists in 8 top-flight meetings. He recently stated that he finds it extremely difficult to motivate himself after winning the biggest trophy of them all during the World Cup in Russia.

“It’s difficult to concentrate or to start again and hit hard in the Premier League after we managed to touch the stars,” Paul Pogba stated in a recent interview. “It was undoubtedly the ultimate trophy you can win when it comes to football. But I still have other challenges too. For instance, I have never managed to win the Premier League and its certainly an objective that I would like to accomplish.”

Pogba Released from Vice-Captaincy Duties

Jose Mourinho has recently revealed that Pogba will no longer be considered for vice-captaincy for the Manchester United squad despite the fact that he already managed to wear the captain armband a total of 3 times this season while Antonio Valencia is currently absent.

Before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Pogba stated his interest in stepping up his role when it comes to the France squad. Most of his team members state that he gave several inspirational speeches during the summer triumph of Les Bleus.

Hugo Lloris was the one who lifted the trophy during the 2018 World Cup as captain of Didier Deschamps, and Pogba stated that he will continue to be an influential figure in the team even if they don’t replace the sensational goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur.

“I don’t play for France to be the captain of the team, just being in the team is a huge honour for me” Pogba stated. “There’s no need to be captain if you want to speak. A leader is not someone that wears an armband during a match. It’s the team that places you in that position, who gives you the freedom to express yourself.”

Ballon d’Or Nominees

Although Pogba is currently struggling at Man Utd, he was one of 6 players from the France squad that was included on the list of 30 players to receive the Ballon d’Or award. Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have each claimed the award five times in the last decade, and Zinedine Zidane was the last French player to receive the award. Pogba also hopes that the second star on their jerseys will provide enough motivation to claim it again in the near future.

RUSSIA WC 2018

RUSSIA WC 2018

Gotze had just played a volley above Romero’s hand into the net. The cross Coming from fellow substitute Schuller, Germany was World Champions for the 4th time same as Italy and just one World Cup behind Record wonders Brazil .

Four years later in kasan, Gotze and Schuller wouldn’t be around to save the Germans as they became the first casualty of a queer World Cup.

Russia 2018 World Cup is the 21stFIFA World Cup mad the 3rd to hold in East Europe. Beyond the stats is a World Cup that has impressed on the field and off it.

The first surprise of the World Cup was a 5-nil drubbing of the Saudi Arabian National team by the host team.

The host team has been described as poor in mildest terms and unsurprisingly so.  The least ranked team playing in Russia 2018 just 3 steps below the Saudi Arabia team, they surprised the world with their goal scoring prowess. They showed the world that it wasn’t a one off by condemning the Mohammed Salah Egyptian team to their second loss out of the 3 games Egypt would go on to lose.

The Russian team have lived a fairy tale until they were knocked out  via an entertaining penalty lottery by Croatia another team living the dream in Russia.  The Russians were not given a chance but they preservered to the quarters, sending Pre tournaments favourites the Spainish nationalteam back to the warmth of Spain.

Russia 2018 has seen it’s share of wonderful goals, Goal keeper blunders, of uninspiring performances by the game best players ,break out performances and the introduction of the Video assisted refeering  on the biggest stage.

Off the field antics like Maradona showing his middle fingers to a Nigerian fan during their game against his beloved team Argentina or the face of Peter Schemechiel after his son Kasper Schemechiel saved Modric’s last minute penalty are two events at opposite ends of a spectrum at this World Cup.

Russia 2018 imitates other World Cups held before it in bringing fans from different  countries together, fans can be sending at fan zones mingling together and enjoying the company of their foes before the games.

The World Cup is seen arguably as the biggest sporting event bringing the best of the sport together for one year to win the biggest prize of their careers;  The golden cup . This is why the inconsolable tears, the depressed shoulders and the heart wrenching pain felt by both fans and players after being booted out of the football mundial is quite understanding

The World Cup in Russia is already at  Semi Finals,  with 4 teams who have delighted millions of football fans around the world with their talent, discipline, tenacity and strong will over the last three weeks slugging it out. In another week the winner of the 21st edition of the World Cup would be known but this World Cup wouldn’t be forgotten in a hurry.

The Faces of joy, incredulity and pain of fans are etched in eternity. The Goal celebrations ranging from the funny, the deeply emotional, the respectful and the political celebrations wouldn’t go forgotten.  Neither would the volleys,the belted thunders, curlers and the numerous last minutes goals that have decorated this World Cup is all part of the miracle called Russia 2018.

Russia 2018 would be ending by the night of the 15th of July without gang fights, unprovoked hostilities and other dangers that fans have been warned about before the tournament started.

Rather it would end with a thunder, a bouquet and a pure stream of joy that has always been the epitome of the world most emotional Event.

It is Russia 2018, it is the Queer World Cup .

Favorites Of The Russia 2018 World Cup

Favorites Of The Russia 2018 World Cup

Before the first ball was kicked in Russia on June 11, some fans felt the much coveted World Cup would find its home to their countries.

You would agree with their lofty belief especially if they were nationals of Brazil,Spain, France, Argentina ,Belgium and the defending Champions Die Manchaft of Germany

Brazil was tipped to win a record 6th World Cup in Russia this summer. And they had all the arsenal to capture the trophy and bring it to their football crazy fans in the beautiful country of Brazil especially with Neymar coming back from a season ending injury.  Brazil won all their Pre tournament friendly games in style with Neymar showing why he is seen as a perennial contender for the balon d’or .

All that promise fizzled out when Brazil met Belgium in one of the most interesting games of the Russia 2018 World Cup leaving Neymar disconsolate and scarred once more.

Brazil might have had the flair and biggest threat but Germany was tipped to defend the World Cup trophy. The team chosen to repeat this feat still had players who won the World Cup 4 years ago. If that team was stellar this German Team was only stellar in names only. An insipid performance against the Mexicans saw them lose , it was followed by a game won only at the last second by a kroos curler against the swedes and a loss against the less fancied South Korean team.

Germany was knocked out and it was quite unpredictable. Spain might have gone one further than Germany but they fell short of the high  placedon them by their

2 days to their first match, Julien Lopetegui was sacked after being announced as the Coach of Real Madrid starting after the World Cup.

The announcement came as a shock but his sack by the Spanish FA came as a bigger shock. While the impressive showing in the first game against Portugal might have doused the fears, the roja blancos couldn’t go pass the host nation. Some quarters blame the sacking of Lopetegui on the failure of the team to reach it’s full potential at the World Cup .

But if there is one team amongst the pre tournament favourites who still retain the tag of favourites to win the trophy at the semi final stage, that team is the Les blues of France.  The team has continued to grow from strength since the beginning of the tournament.  They have defeated strong opponents including the Messi led Argentinian team and the well organized machinery of the Uruguay team. With Mbappe, Kante, pogba and Greizmann playing fantastic football it seems the World Cup is theirs for the taking.  But would they be able to go through an impressive Belgian team who have continued to impress all through, not even loosing or drawing a single game in the tournament. The only team to do so in this tournament and they have been able to do so with the help of a marauding hazard, clinical lukaku and a Courtois who has rediscovered his red hot form.  Belgium might just continue their impressive record and put an end to France chances just as they did to Brazil.

England seems to have an outside chance but a better chance at getting to the final if they can manage to muzzle Modric who has been fantastic so far at this World Cup,  and get the ball 4th o their talisman  Harry Kane who is the current highest goal scorer.

Croatia might fancy their chances as long as Modric keeps destroying midfields as he has continued without stop since the beginning of the tournament.

But their chances are slim but they might as well take it especially if it comes to a penalty shootout

Maybe England France or Belgium might win the World Cup or just maybe the men with the finest President at the World Cup, Croatia might just create history.