5 Things Paul Pogba Must Learn to Succeed Andrea Pirlo

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5 Things Paul Pogba Must Learn to Succeed Andrea Pirlo
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Paul Pogba is a special talent, that much is clear.

Polpo Paul (Paul the Octopus), as he is affectionately known to the Juventini, forced his way into the lineup last season when it was abundantly clear that Antonio Conte could not call upon two strikers that he could trust.

This season is ever more fascinating. With Claudio Marchisio's injury in the Supercoppa, the Frenchman has begun the season as a starter and grasped that opportunity with both hands.

A series of sublime performances will have posed the dilemma to Conte as to how he can accommodate both the 20-year-old, Il Principino and a striking duo to maintain the 3-5-2.

With Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo's places firmly secure, this is a selection problem that nobody can predict with any confidence moving forward.

In the long term though, Pogba will have the opportunity to succeed Pirlo in that midfield trio, perhaps even as early as next season with the 34-year-old's contract expiring next summer.

Here are five things that Pogba must grasp in the meantime to inherit Pirlo's crown at Juve.

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