Paul Pogba insists France have learnt from the mistakes made in the build-up to the 2016 European Championships Final ahead of the World Cup Final.
Similarly to Sunday’s showpiece final against Croatia, France entered their clash with Portugal as the host nation and clear favourites.
However, were undone by a well-drilled side and beaten by Eder’s long-range extra-time strike in a 1-0 defeat, even with star forward Cristiano Ronaldo off the pitch for the majority of the match.
The World Cup offers the perfect chance to put things right though, and the thought of losing two consecutive major finals is devastating enough.
Speaking to manutd.com ahead of the clash this weekend, Pogba explained the France squad’s determination to fill the nation with joy once again.
“I know the taste of defeat in a final and it’s really not good – very bitter. We will not approach this final like the Euros. We will finish well with smiles to make France explode. We saw the photos, it was extraordinary.
“We want to see this again, with the players jumping, shouting, everywhere, with all of France, all our fans, all our families, everyone.”
The 25-year-old midfielder could break a long-lasting Manchester United record if France do prevail at the Luhzniki Stadium, as he’ll become the first of the club’s players since 1966 to lift the World Cup.
It’d also be the perfect way to go into his third season at Man United, a season which is widely considered to be make or break for him after two inconsistent years since his return from Juventus in 2016.