This Thursday he was not on the lawn of the Europa-Park in Friborg. Without him, Juventus, who won (1:0) in the first leg, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Europa League (2:0). Injured again, Paul Pogba has played very little since the start of the season. The French midfielder, who has just celebrated his 30th birthday, nevertheless maintains the confidence of his club during the difficult times he is going through.
On the eve of the meeting, Francesco Calvo, the new sports director of the Turin club, spoke about his case at the Sky Sport microphone: “Paul is the first who is not happy with the situation. We didn’t decide to get rid of it. He came to Juve at the age of 19, he knows us, he knows that we are like a family that gives a lot and demands a lot. We really believe in him, otherwise we would not have signed a four-year contract. He knows what we expect as commitments, we talk to him every day, he knows that we are close, but that we are not happy, and neither is he. »
In September last year, Pogba made only two late appearances against Torino (4-2) on 28 February and against Roma (0-1) on 5 March. He was also eliminated from the group that his German opponent was placed in a week ago. A muscle problem that arose last Sunday finally took him out of the field temporarily.
Under these circumstances, the 2018 World Champion with the Blues is, of course, one of the main missing from the list of 23 players presented this Thursday by Didier Deschamps, as is N’Golo Kante. France will take on the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Friday 24 March before heading to Ireland three days later to qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany.