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Bruno Fernandes was pleased to see Paul Pogba's man-of-the-match performance in France's Euro 2020 victory over Germany.
But he has warned his Manchester United teammate he will not be "MVP" when Portugal take on Les Bleus in a mouth-watering Group F encounter next Wednesday.
Pogba, 28, produced a dazzling midfield performance as France edged out Germany in their opening game of the tournament on Tuesday night thanks to Mats Hummels' own-goal in the first half.
Up next for the World Cup holders is a trip to Hungary before they take on European champions Portugal, who top the group at this early stage.
Pogba was sensational in central midfield against Germany
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Fernandes is clearly relishing the prospect of going up against his club teammate on the continental stage and took to social media as Pogba was named man of the match.
"Happy for you, but MVP only today," the 26-year-old wrote in an Instagram story.
Portugal sent a statement of their intent to defend their crown with a battling 3-0 victory over Hungary earlier on Tuesday.
It took until the 84th minute for Raphael Guerreiro's deflected strike to break down their resolute opposition, before Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in the closing stages.
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Portugal face Germany in their second group-stage match ahead of their showdown with France, whom they defeated in the final of Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps is desparate to make amends for the shock loss on home soil and was delighted with his side's showing at the Allianz Arena.
"We played a great game against a very good opponent," said the France boss. "I knew my players would be ready and we were up for the fight.
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"We weren't far away from scoring the second goal that would have made us safe, but we didn't suffer that much in the second half. It was a strong match with quality and talent."
Pogba added: "The team performance is the most important thing. Without them, I wouldn’t have played as well. We all put the effort in.
"We’re focused on our jobs on the pitch. We know we need to live up to our tag as world champions and come out on to the pitch with humility.
"When we need to suffer, we do it together and when we attack, we do it together.”
Germany manager Joachim Low, meanwhile, said he could not fault the effort of his players.
"It was a really intense match and we fought until the very end," said Low, who will leave his role after Euro 2020. "I cannot blame my team for not trying – they gave everything they had.
"There were spells of the match when we were able to increase the pressure on them, but we didn't create any clear-cut chances."