Spurs captain backs Pogba to bounce back

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France national team captain, Hugo Lloris, has backed his teammate, Paul Pogba to bounce back from his current struggles.

The French midfielder has struggled for form this season, and has had to sit on the bench more often than not.

Pogba’s chances at United seemed to be further limited, after he conceded a penalty against Arsenal with a clumsy challenge, with Olé Gunnar Solskjaer opting for Scott McTominay and Fred in most matches.

But Lloris, who has played alongside the 27 year old for years at the national team level, believes he will get back to his imperial best soon.

Speaking ahead of their Nations League game against Portugal on Saturday, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper said, “He lacks a bit of rhythm, compared to his situation at his club. Like Varane or Griezmann, he comes with a smile.

“We see him ready to meet the challenges, the jersey of Les Bleus is close to his heart.

“He is one of the leaders of this team. He has a long history [with the national team] and also knows how to raise his level when necessary, especially when there is adversity.

“Tomorrow (Saturday), he will be keen to do well.”

Pogba was a part of France’s team that lost to Finland in a friendly match a few days ago, and after the encounter, his coach, Didier Deschamps, blamed his lack of game time at United for his poor form.

He told the media, “He’s not in his best form, of course. I knew that before the game.

“This match was meant to give him some rhythm. He knew that he would only play for an hour.

“It’s hard to remember to be positive. Obviously, he’s not in one of his better periods.

“Like all players who have a club situation that is not positive, they are also impacted mentally. I know him well enough and it can happen at some points.”