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Man Utd’s Paul Pogba includes Chelsea star as he names two toughest opponents faced

Paul Pogba has named Chelsea midfielder and France team-mate N’Golo Kante as one of the toughest opponents of his career.

The Manchester United ace has enjoyed several battles with Kante in the middle of the park over the years, with the latter moving to Chelsea at the same time he returned to Old Trafford in 2016.

They have also achieved success together in midfield for France, playing a key part in their 2018 World Cup triumph out in Russia.

And when asked to name the two toughest opponents of his career, Pogba selected both Kante and Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

Paul Pogba has named Chelsea midfielder and France team-mate N’Golo Kante as one of the toughest opponents of his career

“My toughest opponent on the pitch? To be honest, it’s tough against N’Golo Kante,” he told United’s official website.

“Casemiro [of Real Madrid] too… he is a hard one also. I can’t remember all of them; they’re the first ones that come into mind that I had. Yes, those are the first ones. Maybe there are a few more players but I don’t have the names now.”

France's midfielder Paul Pogba (L) and France's defender N'golo Kante hold the 2018 World Cup trophy as they celebrate during a ceremony for the victory of the 2018 World Cup
The pair have also enjoyed great success together for France, picking up the World Cup in 2018

Kante has been equally complimentary about his compatriot in the past, insisting it is a “pleasure” to play alongside Pogba in midfield for France.

He said back in November of last year: “We all remember the World Cup, that whole adventure we did together, the qualifications stage and the competition, and it is a pleasure again to be playing with Paul in the national team.

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“Against Portugal we had a good game and we are all satisfied with our performance.”

Kante got off to a flyer when he joined Chelsea in 2016, inspiring Antonio Conte’s side to the Premier League title in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

He has also picked up the FA Cup and Europa League in his time with the Blues.

Real Madrid's Casemiro
Real Madrid’s Casemiro is the second toughest opponent of Pogba’s career

Pogba is still waiting to lift his first title since heading back to United in 2016, although he does have a League Cup and Europa League winners’ medal to show for his second stint with the Red Devils.

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