Zinedine Zidane has claimed that France struggled to a 0-0 draw in their opening World Cup match against Uruguay on Friday because there were too many players in the team that wanted to act alone.
This was cited as a problem in les Bleus’ preparations for the tournament and was again evident as they toiled badly to break the Celeste down. In a game of few chances, France were reticent to commit too many players forward, even at the end of the fixture when the South Americans had been reduced to 10 men.
“The problem is that we have seen too many individuals,” Zidane told Canal+. “They wanted to differentiate themselves, but it is the collective who get results from matches like that.”
Of course, coach Raymond Domenech has been called into question, but Zidane refused to totally condemn the controversial trainer. “He selected the players and, at some point, it is necessary that this team gets to play together,” ‘Zizou’ stated. “It's the players who must move and do something to change that.
“We need this team to play together. A World Cup is very short. Some will perhaps not play again. Therefore, he should put his ego aside and work for the collective. This is not what we saw in the last game.”
France meet Mexico on Thursday and must win if they are to put themselves in the box seat for progression.
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