What happens on the field stays on the field. Even it was a bite. The scene when Antonio Rudiger is leaning his teeth on Paul Pogba's back marked - with Mats Hummels' own goal - the derby between France and Germany horrified football fans around the world, not the injured side.
Moreover, the Manchester United midfielder was not angry at Chelsea's defender, as he bit him in front of the eyes of the entire planet, similar to Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan once fell on the skin of Branislav Ivanović and George Chiellini.
Although, it wasn't that impressive. Maybe that's why Pogba calms the passions. "We are friends. Nothing serious happened. You could have seen that by watching the recordings ", shrugs the French national team player, potentially in a good mood due to the minimal win in the first round of Group F.
Interestingly, referee Carlos del Cerro did not sanction Rudiger at all, nor did the VAR intervene in this, although it is activated for many other cases.
Pogba about incident
"Everything is over, it stays behind us.
I didn’t even ask for a yellow or red card for Antonio. He just bit me a little. Yes, I felt it, he told the referee, and he made the appropriate decision." "And it's better that he didn't show him a card.
I didn't want that. He would earn a suspension because of me. " That everything was OK between them, it could be seen after the end of the match, during a friendly chat in the middle of the field. "We have known each other for a long time.
At the end of the match, we kissed. " Didier Deschamps' selection made a huge step towards the placement in the next phase, because they got one of the competitors, in the strongest group of the European Championship, where the official champions are the Portuguese and the unpredictable, but still outsiders, the Hungarians.
Interestingly, referee Carlos del Cerro did not sanction Rudiger at all, nor did the VAR intervene in this, although it is activated for many other cases. "We did our best. This is a victory for all of us, not just the guys who were on the field.
Before the start of the tournament, many said that we were in the group of death, they wondered if we were the favorites or not, and we were always focused on what we should do on the field," added Paul Pogba. France is still the main favorite at the Euros and they really have an impressive team. But as we know, often that role of favorite can ruin a team