France are determined not to make the same mistakes they did two years ago in losing the Euro 2016 final when they take on Croatia for the biggest prize in football, midfielder Paul Pogba said on Thursday.
France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said.
The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.
France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.
Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russia in the quarter-finals.
They then came from a goal down against England on Wednesday to win 2-1 in extra time.
That is not a sign of a struggling team, according to Pogba, but one that has a lot of talent.