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The Barcelona man has emphasised how important it is that his side get a positive result against the Celeste...

France star Thierry Henry believes that the opening game of any World Cup competition is vital to the success or failure of a side.

Les Bleus tackle Uruguay on Friday evening, and though Henry is liable to be restricted to a role on the bench, the veteran of three previous Mundials knows the importance of leading off on the correct foot.

“We always talk about that famous first game, but it's so important. You can get brittle if you lose, or if you win the first game, it changes a lot,” the Barcelona forward told L’Equipe. “You lose the first game and everything goes up in the air. The reverse is also true.”

And Henry asserted that les Bleus are travelling to South Africa to win the competition. “It may sound crazy,” he admitted. “If you play a competition, it is to win, obviously. It's always better to have certainty, but that is not enough.”

Meanwhile, his present role on the bench hasn’t stopped Henry from believing he can make an impression in the Rainbow Nation. “Confidence is something that’s always accompanied me,” the storied striker explained.

‘Titi’ is France’s record goalscorer, having found the net 52 times during his illustrious international career.

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