Gladiator Pogba can really open a game up

France should have won by more than 1-0 in Amsterdam last night.

You could see in the Bulgaria game that Paul Pogba was soon going to do what he did in 30 minutes: score from distance.

He smashed a right-foot shot from 30 yards that dipped.

Stekelenburg got both hands to it and should have saved.

Griezmann was pitiful, while co-striker Gameiro was only OK.

A low-scoring team often ends up nervous while trying to hold onto a 1-0 lead.

Fortunately,  France were able to do that rather well.They have world class players in key positions: Koscielny, Varane & Lloris.

The Dutch have not beaten France since Euro 2008 and the ITV commentators were suggesting that you can’t play  4-3-3 without killer pace.

Compared to his role in Euro 96, Pogba was uninhibited last night in a game where the Dutch were out- powered by the athleticism of their opponents.

Pogba’s main value, as I was trying to explain during Euro 2016, lies in making occasional but decisive  interventions : knockdowns, flicks, passes, crosses and shots.

He doesn’t boss games but he wins them.

And it’s his power than makes him special. If they had an Olympic Games between footballers, Pogba would win gold in the 400 metres.

He can really open a game up with a spurt, a thrilling pass, a cannonball shot.

When he split the Oranje defence with a 40-yard pass in 54, I thought Gameiro would score. But Stekelenburg saved.

There ‘s a lot more to come from this gladiator. He’s improving with long strides.