As the Croatian side celebrated the monumental goal, they moved towards an area of the sideline that did not have a barrier between the field and the photographers covering the game. Maybe we dropped too deep at times. This shows character and is what makes me proud.
"We have two days to prepare". Since this is his last World Cup, given his age, I'm very glad he's among the last four at the World Cup, but all the other players are putting in that effort.
"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that". I'm sure there was stuff we could have done better, but we worked as hard as we could.
Captain Eden Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession. And we've proved that is possible.
"And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that. We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short".
Croatia players celebrate next to an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal.
"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article".
Conventional wisdom holds that Belgium and England will send out the second string again, play a minimum of defense and try to avoid getting any of their high-priced players hurt right before their club seasons begin.
England v Sweden match at the Solstice.
"But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".
Pogba said while Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was their driving force the French plan would not be limited to stopping the Real Madrid playmaker.