Munich A duel between Antonio Rudiger and Paul Pogba caused a sensation in the match between Germany and France. The German defender appears to be biting the opponent in the back. Olaf Thun doesn’t see “nibbling” as bad.
At the end of the first half, the German Antonio Rudiger and the French star Paul Pogba came especially close. Both enter into close physical contact in a duel. Defender Rudiger leans into the Frenchman’s back. clamps his trunk;
In slow motion, you can see how he goes with his mouth to the French player’s shirt and shoulder and at least slightly nibbles or “nibbles” on Pogba, as ZDF expert Per Mertesacker later found out and criticized the Champions League winner for this action. “We need to have fun in the game, not something like that,” Mertesacker says. Pogba briefly shouts at the scene, complaining to the referee who does not respond to the scene.
“Especially in times when it’s a video assistant: we can be happy that Pogba is just screaming for a moment and not lying there. In slow motion we see that this is a sting. Then this could be a very stupid signal that Rudiger” criticized Gladbach’s Christoph Kramer in the first-half analysis in ZDF.
In the opinion of former national football player Olaf Thun, the bite attack was a harmless act. He doesn’t think it’s bad that the defender tried to “bite” Pogba, the 1990 world champion wrote in a column for the online portal “WEB.de News”. “It was a connection, he just sniffed. I don’t know what he wants, whether he’s thinking about Tyson, but in football you’re sometimes in a different world. Then you do things you wouldn’t in normal life,” the 55-year-old said.