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For ‘Dom’, there is still time for les Bleus to regroup and mount a charge in South Africa, despite a comprehensive midweek loss...

France coach Raymond Domenech has tried to put a positive spin on his side’s 2-0 home defeat to Spain on Wednesday evening, arguing that it wasn’t the disaster some have portrayed it to be, and indicating that there is still plenty of room for optimism before the World Cup in South Africa kicks off.

Spain impressed against les Bleus, maintaining possession for long periods of the game and pouncing on a couple of slips from their hosts in the first half to claim a decisive advantage going in at the break.

“There were some good sequences in the recovery of the ball,” Domenech mused to the AFP news agency after the fixture. “But we poorly selected the correct pass and we made two mistakes.”

The coach believes the strength of the opposition was a mitigating factor for a depleted France, stating that what happens now does not have a bearing on what happens in six months.

“The opposition were very strong,” he considered. “The game changed on errors. It was not as catastrophic as you seem to make it. There are interesting things for the World Cup.”

Thierry Henry’s performance was highlighted as being poor in several quarters, and the fans even jeered him as he was replaced. Whilst accepting that his captain’s level was below par, Domenech again lamented the lack of support shown by the home crowd to les Bleus.

“There were even ‘Oles!’ after five minutes,” he grumbled. “I think it's a shame. Players need public support, even when we suffer against the European champions. At this time of year, we always lose. Players of the France team need support. It's hard to grasp that [Henry] didn’t get it. But the important thing is to properly prepare for the World Cup.”

Les Bleus’ World Cup campaign begins against Uruguay on June 11.

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