HOW DOMENECH IS PUSHING FRANCE TO WORLD CUP HUMILIATION
Raymond Domenech, the man chosen to lead the French national side at the world cup has probably lost all his nuts and bolts. After being for more than 4 years at the helm, this man yet does not know whom to start and whom not to. On form, Malouda and Ribery are probably the two best players of the entire French squad. Both are natural wingers and both can be effectively deployed on the opposite flanks with Anelka or Henry as the sole striker. This combination along with two bombarding and fast full backs in the likes of Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna would have been enough to instill fear in the heart and the minds of the people. But , typical of his character , the coach puts Malouda on the bench and Sidney Govou on the starting lineup. Everybody knows what happened next. Govou had a horrific match.
Karim Benzema was not even selected in the 30 man squad much to the chagrin of the Les Blues faithful. He would have provided the much needed spark which is highly needed right now. The performance dished out yesterday certainly proves that Domenech have made many major mistakes, right from the initial team selection to last match’s line up. The ageing French side rarely looked to put the opposition goalkeeper to test.
Just when you thought the midfield department was a mess, the stubborn nature of Domenech has refused to budge as he continues to play left-back Eric Abidal alongside William Gallas with two experienced center-backs in the form of Sebastien Squillaci and Marc Planus waiting in the wings.
To make matters worse, AS Roma‘s classy libero, Philippe Mexes was once again omitted – He was also left out of the 2006 squad – when its obvious that Les Bleus had limited options in defence.
What will happen next, only God knows. But if France are to qualify to the next round, the best players cannot be benched .