Paul Pogba simply couldn’t think of anything to explain what prompted France’s terrible 2-0 defeat to Turkey on Saturday night.
Despite star men Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Pogba leading the charge, France failed to get a single shot on target. It was the first time in a decade they had failed to do so.
In fact, nine of the players in the France line-up in Konya also started in their 2018 World Cup final victory over Croatia.
While Didier Deschamps’ side had taken 559 passes compared to Turkey’s 322, the hosts still outplayed them. They got six of their 11 shots on target, with Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under’s first-half strikes sealing them a deserved victory.
The result leaves France trailing Group H leaders Turkey by three points in second-place in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. And even Pogba couldn’t recall a time he had seen them struggle so badly.
“We were ready, we knew it was going to be a high-level match and that the fans would be pushing them [Turkey] on,” he told L’Equipe.
“We could not make the simplest passes, so we were not dangerous in front of goal.
“I do not remember the last time we were so bad, we have to think and find the solution or find the answer.
“We need a reaction as soon as possible, from the next match [against Andorra].”
Pogba added: “It was a day where we tried the simplest passes that did not work,” he added.
“As soon as we concede an opportunity, it’s a goal. With the ball, we are not dangerous, we do not even have a shot at goal.”
Pogba and France will return to action on Tuesday for another Euro 2020 qualifier at Andorra on Tuesday.
— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) June 8, 2019