Pogba showered with praise by Juventus boss Conte after 1-0 win over Sampdoria
Juventus manager Antonio Conte believes Paul Pogba has great potential to become one of the greatest midfielders of this era. The Bianconeri boss showered praised upon the young Frenchman after he helped the Serie A champions pick a 1-0 win against Sampdoria.
The Italian football giants have kicked off their campaign for three consecutive Serie A titles in perfect fashion. Conte’s team is working like a well-oiled machine and the newcomers have seamlessly slid into the football system.
Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez provided Juventus with the winner in the second-half of the game. The win destroyed Sampdoria’s perfect record over Juventus from last season, and Pogba played a pivotal role in making that happen.
Pogba has become the apple of Conte’s eyes as of late. The 44-year-old manager believes the 20-year-old France international has potential to reach echelons of elite players and become the “best in the world”.
“Pogba is a modern player, as he is strong, fast and has stamina,” Conte told reporters after Juventus’ victory. “He’s also humble, so listens to the advice given by me and by his team-mates. We started working on him a year ago and his progress has been incredible.
“I saw his interviews in which he said he wanted to become the best in the world. I am happy with that, because in my view he can be the best.”
Meanwhile, Pogba humbly thanked his manager, teammates and the club for preparing him as a player physically and mentally. Pogba told reporters that he felt he had improved under the guidance of great players such as Andrea Pirlo.
However, Pogba had only praise for his team-mates and the club’s mentality for helping develop as a player.
“I feel like I have improved a lot especially playing with the likes of Pirlo, Arturo [Vidal], [Giorgio] Chiellini and now Tevez,” Pogba said. “We are strong mentally. We are Juve and we always want to win.”
Tevez, the man who provided Juventus with the winner, shared the spotlight with Pogba. The Argentinean hit-man claim the victory in his Serie A debut was the central ingredient for a “perfect” night.
“I'm really happy here but it's not easy to slot into a new playing system, it takes time,” Tevez said. “Tonight was perfect though: a goal and a win. I'm pleased because it was no easy feat coming here and doing that at such a difficult ground.”