Advantages Great individual talent
Disadvantages No hunger or passion
Who would have thought a week ago that today might mark the exit of the World champions from the World Cup?
But it is true. After faultering to the Senegalese Minnows, an unwelcome tie against Uruguay will not be savoured by many in France.
A swagger of arrogance has led to misplaced faith in an automatic qualification.
After the draw against Denmark this morning, The French group now looks as follows:
1st Denmark. Played 2 Won 1 Drawn 1 Points 4
2nd Senegal. Played 2 Won 1 Drawn 1 Points 4
3rd France. Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Points 0
4th Uruguay. Played 1 Won 0 Drawn 0 Lost 1 Points 0
Hard to believe for an international side that boasts so many stars. Individual talents than constantly reap success in their domestic games.Reasoning behind this?
They have come to Korea unprepared for competitive football, expecting to dazzle with their skills and command the respect of other nations.
Instead of respect, they have met teams with green eyes of envy who treasure the bounty placed upon the gallic heads.
At the back of them all is the excellent shot stopper Fabien Barthez. One major flaw in his game is his unorthodox method of saving and his unpredictability. With France's new "Throw caution to the wind" approach he fits in well. The trouble is, I feel he will cost them a place in the next round with his antics.Sitting in front of Him is a defensive set of Marcus Desailly, Mikael Silvestre, Franck LeBeouf from English clubs whom you should recognise. Although LeBeouf has now returned to france to play,
In Midfield are other familiar names to English households. Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera have both played for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and both proved their worth. Unfortunately both are very attack orientated and not prepared to track back. This cost the defence heavily. The real superstar is Zinedine Zidane but he is currently injured and being saved for later games (if they ever happen)Up front they are truly faultless with some of the most deadly strikers around.
Manager Roger Lamerre seems to understand the international game yet fails to field a team with any fire in their bellies. I can see a draw against Uruguay today if not a narrow loss. Look to the French for either a very early exit or a tough 2nd round draw.
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