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Umtiti hails France pal Pogba: A real leader on and off pitch

13 July 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals are set, with France and Croatia ready to face off July 15 for the ultimate title in soccer. They might have played 90 minutes more than us [due to extra-time in the last three matches] but the most determined team will win on Sunday.

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN. "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

A peak audience of just under 27 million viewers saw England bow out of the 2018 World Cup last night. I can not lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final.

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Now I think a lot of questions have been answered in saying that this is a team, not a group of individuals. Martinez added: "Thierry has brought something we didn't have".

Croatia stunned England in the 109th minute of the first extra time period when Mario Mandzukic slipped behind the defense and poked a shot past the keeper to put his team up 2-1 for good.

Asked if he will be wary of revenge when the teams meet in the final of this year's tournament in Moscow on Sunday, Pogba said: "Croatia do not have stars - they want one".

France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.

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While making the semifinal is an accomplishment for any team, losing just before the final and coming so close to glory is devastating.

Many Twitter fans echoed Pogba's sentiments and praised the midfielder for taking a moment to think of the rescued boys. We started a bit too casually, and England deserved to score. We are not thinking about being favourites. Saturday's match is sure to feel like an unnecessary exertion to some, but it offers the chance to secure England's second-best World Cup finish as Sir Bobby Robson's semi-finalists lost their third-place play-off in 1990. "We don't want it to happen again". We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength.

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece. "Even their defenders are outstanding players".

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They started the tournament with little hope and there were genuine fears that they could go out in the group stage. In the first halftime, we should have had more control of the ball, while in the second half we were dominant.

Umtiti hails France pal Pogba: A real leader on and off pitch