Paul Pogba Praises The Way Barcelona Play Football

Manchester United's prize for beating PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League is a quarter final against Barcelona and Paul Pogba has waxed lyrical about his side's future opponents.

Whenever there's international football it usually tends to be a pretty quiet week. There can still be some good football but the coverage isn't as intense and people don't tend to care anywhere near as much, apart from when there's a tournament on.

One thing that will always happen when footballers leave the grasps of their clubs and go off to play for their countries is someone doing an interview that drops them in a little trouble.

Players often reveal their desire to leave their club when there's no one around from said club's communications team around and you can imagine the panic at Old Trafford on Wednesday when Paul Pogba said that Real Madrid was everyone's dream club, especially under Zinedine Zidane.

No sooner had people possibly started to calm down in the red half of Manchester and the Frenchman, speaking to Eurosport, has now praised Real's fiercest rivals Barcelona.

Speaking on Wednesday the former Juventus midfielder said:

"Barcelona are a team I always watch. You can always learn as a midfielder, I like watching football. Their system, their culture...it can always help me.

"Barcelona is a great team, one of the best in the world. They have extraordinary players."

Barcelona do have a very good midfield in fairness. Image: PA Images
Barcelona do have a very good midfield in fairness. Image: PA Images

Whether or not it's Pogba battering his eyelids at the two La Liga giants or not is questionable but you get the feeling he wouldn't be so complimentary in the press if he was still in England this week.

United play the Catalan side in the quarter finals of the Champions League and the World Cup winner said he was looking forward to playing them, adding, "It's a match where I want to have fun. Playing against one of the best teams in the world is always a pleasure. It's a team I lost against in the Champions League Final [2015, Juventus], but it's always good to play against the best."

Pogba battles with Messi in the Champions League final. Image: PA Images
Pogba battles with Messi in the Champions League final. Image: PA Images

Pogba wasn't available for the historical second leg win for United in the Champions League, after a red card in the first, and will be hoping to have a big impact against Barcelona.

Do United have a chance of getting through?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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