The much maligned coach of the France national team, Raymond Domenech, seems to have got the backing of a poll conducted amongst 25 former les Bleus strikers who agree that his best method of approach to Saturday’s crucial World Cup qualifying game against Romania is to play Andre-Pierre Gignac as the lone forward.
The Toulouse striker, who was top scorer in Ligue 1 last season and struck the only goal of the game as France unconvincingly dispatched the Faroe Islands 1-0 in August, received backing from over half of those questioned, while Benzema (32 per cent), Nicolas Anelka (eight per cent) and Thierry Henry (no votes) followed behind.
Raymond Kopa, Jean-Pierre Papin, Yannick Stopyra and Stephane Guivarc'h were amongst those who voted for ‘APG’, while Dominique Rocheteau justified his choice, by saying, “He requires little space, he strikes fast. Henry is better left, Anelka and Benzema are more like second strikers,” according to L'Equipe.
Doubts still remain over the capabilities of Benzema on the international stage, leading the Real Madrid forward to admit earlier this week that he has to raise his game at this level in order to cement himself a starting berth.
Meanwhile, Thierry Henry is likely to be favoured as the left-sided attacker in a 4-2-3-1 system, while Yoann Gourcuff and Franck Ribery should also be deployed as supports for Gignac.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com