Paul Pogba is putting too much pressure on himself - Patrice Evra.

Paul Pogba has too much quality and is putting pressure on himself - Patrice Evra

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Paul Pogba is widely regarded as the best young midfielder in world football and has been for a couple of years now.

In fact, many now believe the Juventus and France star is the best central midfielder in the world altogether.

But Patrice Evra, who plays alongside Pogba at the Juventus Stadium, has revealed that his teammate has one problem he must try to overcome: putting too much pressure on himself during matches.


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"Pogba's problem is that he has too much quality," Evra explained to La Gazzetta dello Sport, per Goal. "When he makes a mistake he gets frustrated because everyone thinks a player of his calibre can't make a mistake.

"I always tell him to remain calm, work hard and listen to [head coach Massimiliano] Allegri. He always asked for the ball against Bayern Munich. We need people like that, but when he makes a mistake people only focus on that. We must let him work in peace."

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Pogba is not the finished article yet

It’s true that people expect magic from Pogba every time they watch him play for Juventus and France.

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However, the 22-year-old is still developing as a player and is not the finished article just yet.

Evra: Juventus have a chance against Bayern

Nevertheless, all eyes will be on the Frenchman again as Juventus go head-to-head with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena later this week, and Evra believes his side proved they have the quality to compete with the Bundesliga champions during last month’s 2-2 draw in Turin.

"I don't think they fear us but they certainly have more respect for us and will play in a different manner," the former Manchester United left-back added. "We must take advantage of that.

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"I think that it showed us we can compete with Bayern. We were too cautious in the first 20 minutes. If we take the field and believe we can win 1-0 then we will do so, but if we think it will end 5-0 it is over.

"It is a question of mentality and we now know that Bayern are vulnerable. We aren't being arrogant as we respect our opponent but we can't forget we made the final last season. Everyone thinks that Juventus are already beaten, but we don't believe that is the case."

Bayern are favourites against Juventus

Bayern Munich, with home advantage and the fact they scored twice in Turin, are favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals but Juventus know they have enough quality players to cause some damage - and perhaps even upset the odds - at the Allianz Arena.

But keeping out the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa will be easier said than done for the Old Lady.


Evra, Gianluigi Buffon and co. will need to be on top of their games to stand any chance of advancing to the next round.

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