In-form Mbappe and Griezmann but Pogba has struggled since World Cup triumph

Aditya Devavrat 08:32 10/10/2018
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Griezmann, Pogba, and Mbappe have endured conflicting fortunes.

France’s World Cup triumph was built on the back of impressive performances from a whole host of players, but Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba were their standout stars in Russia.

They’re set to link up again, for the second time since the summer, during the upcoming international break, as France take on Iceland in a friendly and then Germany in a UEFA Nations League fixture.

Three months on from their magical night in Moscow, here’s a look at how the three stars have fared since the biggest win of their lives.

KYLIAN MBAPPE

Appearances: 9

Goals: 11

Assists: 4

The man who was named the World Cup’s best young player, and became the first teenager to score in the final since Pele in 1958, has continued to set the world on fire since the start of the new season.

Mbappe is one of only two players in Europe’s top five leagues – the other being Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar – to have been involved in 11 domestic goals this season, with eight goals and three assists. That includes a four-goal burst in PSG’s weekend win over Lyon, and a goal at Anfield, albeit in a disappointing loss to Liverpool.

Kylian Mbappe is still on top of the world.

Kylian Mbappe is still on top of the world.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Appearances: 13

Goals: 4

Assists: 4

The player who was named the third-best player at the World Cup has picked up right where he left off after leading France to the title.

Having announced his decision to stay with Atletico Madrid during the summer, Griezmann has helped his club brush off a slow start to the season and climb to third in the La Liga table, just one point behind leaders Sevilla.

Griezmann has been in top form to start the season.

Griezmann has been in top form to start the season.

PAUL POGBA

Appearances: 12

Goals: 4

Assists: 3

Three months ago, Paul Pogba was scoring in a World Cup final and answering critics by dabbing with the Jules Rimet trophy.

Now, those critics are back in full force, as the midfielder has had an up-and-down campaign with Manchester United and his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has seemingly descended into chaos. His own form has been inconsistent, he’s been stripped of the vice-captaincy, and there’s talk of a move away soon.

Things have not been going well for Pogba since this moment.

Things have not been going well for Pogba since this moment.

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