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      23.10.2014 00:48 - in: Champions League S

      Pogba: "You have to put them away in Europe"

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      The Bianconeri No.6 knows how vital it is to take your chances in the Champions League and explained the differences between facing continental opponents and fellow Italian teams. He also gave credit to Olympiacos for their performance.

      "We must be more clinical in Europe. If we don’t score goals, we can’t win matches and we’re not going to qualify for the knockout stages. We need to be stronger in that respect," explained Paul Pogba after tonight's game in Greece.

      The midfielder was under no illusions that the scoreline was the only thing that mattered at the final whistle. 18 attempts and five shots on target are scant consolation if nobody manages to stick the ball in the back of the net.

      "All the teams in the Champions League are strong. They play to score and to win, not to defend like some teams in Italy do. They don’t leave you any space to play in, either. Maybe we’re just not used to it and it's something we need to improve," added the French international.

      However, Pogba was quick to dismiss the theory that Juventus have a psychological complex when it comes to Europe: "I don’t think there’s a mental block. We’re lacking something in the Champions League and we need to find a solution so that we can start winning, do better and qualify for the next round. We’ve been trying for several years and we’re just missing a bit of ruthlessness in front of goal."

      Pogba then agreed with his manager in admitting: "We started the first half poorly. We improved after the break, but their goalkeeper put in a stand-out performance.

      "Having said that, we were guilty of wasting a few chances ourselves. Credit to Olympiacos for their win," he concluded.

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