France coach Raymond Domenech has admitted that he is already thinking ahead to the World Cup, noting that his preparations for the tournament will start in earnest next Wednesday, when les Bleus tackle Spain in a high profile friendly encounter.
The first milestone for the trainer is the naming of the squad for the fixture against La Furia Roja, which he will do on Thursday.
“This meeting will help start the competition, although there are then two months of organisation, implementation and monitoring,” ‘Dom’ explained to Le Parisien.
Asked what he will tell the players ahead of next week’s match, the coach stated: “Now, that's it, we enter the World Cup. Prepare yourselves accordingly, you should think about it every day!”
Any potential candidates hampered by injury worries need not worry just yet. “They have the right to be hurt, I’ve told them that!” Domenech smiled. “What matters is that they are all present for the World Cup.”
Historically France and Spain are evenly matched sides, with les Bleus having claimed 11 victories and six draws from the 29 meetings between the sides. The last time the sides met in Paris, the venue for next week’s encounter, the hosts claimed a 1-0 victory prior to the 1998 World Cup, which France went on to win.