Paul Pogba has expressed his happiness at France qualifying for the knock-out stages of the 2014 World Cup, despite a goalless draw against Ecuador on Wednesday.
Les Bleus finished on top of Group E, after scoring eight goals in their first two matches and many have backed Didier Deschamps men to go far in the tournament.
“We played well and put in the performance that was expected of us, but we didn’t get the result we deserved,” Pogba told FIFA.com.
“All we lacked was a bit of a break in front of goal, that’s all.
“I don’t think this match will have any kind of negative effect on our confidence,” he said.
“We drew, we didn’t lose. That’s an important distinction.
“We can be satisfied with how we did overall and with our qualification for the knockout stages.”
The Juventus midfielder also revealed that he always dreamt of playing in the senior World Cup, after winning the U-20 Championships last year.
“I really wanted to play at the senior World Cup, that’s true,” he said.
“Now that’s it’s become a reality, I’m very happy. But I don’t want things to end there; I would like to keep making progress.”
African champions Nigeria await France in the round of 16 and Pogba is focused on defeating the Super Eagles to progress to the quarter-finals
“It could have been Argentina, or another team, but no matter who it is, our goals of winning and getting as far as possible in the tournament don’t change,” he said.
“We’re doing everything we can to achieve those aims.”
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