THE BIGGEST QUOTES OF THE FIRST FIXTURE IN RUSSIA 2018 SEMI FINALS

The first fixture is over and one team is through to the next round to competition while the other would hope to end with at least a bronze medal. Samuel Umtiti was on hand to give France the lead in the 51st minute to seal the game and hand France the win against Belgium. Here are a few big quotes from the big lads in the football world after the game.

Arsène Wenger on Paul Pogba:

“Sometimes he can lose himself by doing things that aren’t useful. Today he kept things simple & was impressive. His long balls are exceptional, few can do that in the world.”

Mourinho on Pogba:

“I think a very good performance by Pogba. Pogba was mature, he played with maturity when he had to hold position and keep control of the play.”

Shearer on Pogba:

”I think Paul Pogba plays with a freedom in this French team that if he makes a mistake, it is accepted, but he looks scared to make that same mistake in a Manchester United shirt. He was excellent in several respects in this game.”

Rio Ferdinand on Pogba:

“Pogba, he showed today why he went for so much money. There was an understanding and maturity about his game.”

Thibaut Courtois on the game:

“I wouldn’t say that the other team was better than us. They defended in their own half the entire time, we shouldn’t have been surprised, they’ve done that all tournament. It’s a shame.”

Mourinho on Belgium:

“I think the Belgium players they go home with a bad feeling. A feeling that we could do more and better. Many of the other players they kept hiding, and a little bit more in the last 20-25 minutes. But they are much better than that.”