There were always bad vibes in the French campFrance international winger Florent Malouda has revealed that former coach Raymond Domenech did not listen to the players during their disastrous World Cup campaign and that their entire playing system collapsed in South Africa.
Les Bleus suffered a humiliating first round exit from the 2010 World Cup as they finished bottom of their group.
Raymond Domenech, who has since then been replaced by Laurent Blanc, was heavily criticised by the media and fans alike for his tactics and strategy.
In an interview with L'Equipe, winger Malouda revealed that the players did not share a good relationship with Domenech and that they were not happy with his tactics and decisions, adding the system failed.
"It's the failure of a system that led to the debacle," the Chelsea winger said.
"The players who play for Chelsea, Barcelona, [Bayern] Munich or [Olympique] Lyon need a high-level environment to blossom.
"It was difficult for me to accept the way the national team functioned compared to a great club like Chelsea.
"Every time I was called up to the national team, it was back to negative stories and bad vibes."
"With France, I came to play where I was asked to and that was it. We didn't even try to see the coach to talk about the tactical system, 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.
"It was just 'put yourself there and no arguments'. We did not look for explanations. Never in the last few years did my words have any influence on the coach.No trip to South Africa is complete without a visit to its most beautiful and sunniest city. Durban offers much more than sandy beaches, safaris, casinos and the World Cup, for information on what to do and see, please click here.