France Star Yoann Gourcuff Confident Ahead Of Ireland Tie

The Bordeaux midfielder is looking forward to the play-off double-header...
France lock horns with Ireland on Saturday in the first game of the World Cup UEFA play-offs and Les Bleus are full of confidence ahead of the highly anticipated clash.

"First and foremost Ireland are a quality side, they didn’t lose a single game in a group that also featured world champions Italy. You have to respect their strength," said Gourcuff to

"They also play a British-style game so we’ll be expecting lots of commitment and intensity. On top of all that the atmosphere is sure to be fantastic. The fans over there usually inspire the players to play above themselves.

"What we have to do more than anything else is just play our game. Physical battles are part of football and we can’t avoid them. If we are going to impose our style, we need to win as many of them as possible," continued the tricky midfielder.

"Do I think there is a chance France might go out? No. That’s absolutely out of the question."

Stefan Coerts,