Paul Pogba has called on his Bianconeri team-mates to start the year as they mean to go on by claiming all three points when Inter travel to Turin for Tuesday’s much-anticipated return to Serie A action.
The midfielder cited last year’s 3-0 win over Roma as the perfect example of the spirit the team need to display as they look to resume their Scudetto charge by seeing in a new year with an important victory.
Speaking to Sky Sport, the 21-year-old began: “We must start 2015 on a winning note, that’s the most important thing. Last year we beat Roma in our first game back and we hope we can follow this up. The match with Inter is like a derby - it’s always a difficult one and we want to win it.”
The ambitious Frenchman, who has shot to global stardom since first pulling on the black and white stripes in 2012, admits December’s Super Cup final defeat to Napoli still rankles but is targetting a productive six months on several fronts.
“We’re still a little sad about it. Our defeat was down to errors and now we want to put that game behind us as quickly as possible.
“In 2015 I hope to win the Scudetto again, and we’ll need to give all we’ve got to do it, as well as going further in the Champions League than we managed two years ago.
“We’ll need to be at 100 per cent in both games against Borussia because they will be tough encounters that we’ll have to tackle with great intensity.”
With the world at his feet, Pogba could seemingly be forgiven for getting carried away with the hype surrounding his talents, but the midfielder insists he will not be resting on his laurels as he bids to continue his development as a player.
He concluded: “I need to improve at everything. I know that I can give more and need to do so without being pushed on. It’s important to behave professionally, both on and off the field. Only by conducting yourself in the correct manner can you give your all when playing.”