Lamouchi: Ivory Coast can trouble big teams in the World Cup

The former midfielder led his side to Brazil 2014 with an unbeaten qualifying record but has stressed the Elephants cannot go all the way in this summer's tournament

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi does not believe his team has the ability to win the World Cup but he insists they can cause trouble for the major players at Brazil 2014.

The Elephants, qualifying for this summer's tournament after an impressive 4-2 aggregate win over Senegal in the play-off round, have been drawn in Group C where they will face Colombia, Greece and Japan.

Brazil 2014 is likely to be the last chance for a golden Ivorian generation led by Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure to challenge for the title, but while Lamouchi is confident his side can unsettle some of the tournament favourites, he believes talk of lifting the trophy is too far.

"Cote d'Ivoire can't win the World Cup," Lamouchi told "We have a generation of players who are coming to the end of their careers and for some of them it will be their last World Cup.

"There's no denying that, but we have players who are capable not of springing a surprise but of playing at the level they’re known for around the whole world.

"They've always been the favourites in the African Cup of Nations, but they've never won the trophy.

"Nobody's giving them much of a chance in the World Cup but they have the talent to trouble the big teams. And if we're going to do that we need everyone to rally to the cause 100 per cent.

"The number-one objective is to try to do better than we've managed on the last two occasions and get past the group phase, however we're not setting any limits for ourselves.

"We know it won't be easy because there is a lot of quality in our section. If we get through, then anything can happen.

"We need to focus on our first match, though, on our preparations and our strengths. The Ivorian fans expect nothing less and we need to do them proud."