We are ready for Blanc to come, says Desailly

08:05, June 22, 2010      

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Former French football team captain Marcel Desailly said Monday a communication problem was at the root of the dismal performance of Les Bleus and head coach has to be changed.

France has been under fire as they came to South Africa courtesy of Henry's handball in a World Cup qualifier against Ireland in November 2009 with an aggregate score of 2-1. And before the World Cup, France suffered an upset 1-0 in a friendly match against minnows China.

"I was already worried when France played against China because it was a friendly game and France have not been able to win the game. And it looks like this group (Group A in the World Cup) is not yet ready to handle this level of competition," said he.

"Football is so strange. I mean sometimes you don't understand somehow it can go wrong. Look at Germany, everybody says Germany are amazing when they take a 4-0 opener. The next game against Serbia they lose. Portugal's first game against Cote d'Ivoire is not good at all. Second game they beat DPR Korea 7-0. It's magic time. That's why it's so hard to predict. We have talents but they are not able to play collectively together. And at the same moment to be their best. In my generation, We have done very well because at the same moment we were at our best," he added.

Desailly captained the 1998 World Cup winning France coached by Aime Jacquet, and had 116 caps, a then record, for France.

Current head coach Raymond Domenech, in charge since July 2004, took Les Bleus to the final of 2006 World Cup. But he had long been criticised for his poor coaching in Euro 2008 when France exit in the group stage.

On June 19, Nicolas Anelka was expelled from the national team for saying dirty words to Domenech. One day later, the French squad boycotted training in protest of Anelka's expulsion. Later France team director Jean-Louis Valentin resigned, citing the boycott was a scandal for the French, for the young people here, also for the federation and the French team.

The France squad has returned to training on Monday morning.


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