“I was waiting for that question,” said Pogba, when quizzed on whether Vieira and Makelele were better. “First, it’s another generation with defensive qualities superior to ours, in my opinion. Because Patrick defends way better than I do. In fact, between Makelele and N’Golo, I don’t know who is the best defender. For me, their duo is a bit stronger.”

Vieira interjected to say: “I’ll leave this comparison to journalists. But what is interesting is that I felt really well alongside Claude. And if I have lived this career, it is because I have played with really good partners. This permitted me to express myself. With ‘Make’, we enjoyed ourselves.

On the field, I don’t know if Paul and N’Golo are the same, but when it was getting difficult, we looked at each other and I’d say to Claude : ‘We have to start whacking some people!’

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