Boumsong: Bust-up in France camp will spur them on to success

The former Les Bleus international is of the opinion that the recent troubles in the national team's locker room can help the team raise their level of performance
by Al Amin Mohamed Seddiq

France international Jean-Alain Boumsong believes that the bust-up in Les Bleus' camp after the 2-0 loss to Sweden will benefit the team in the long term.

Samir Nasri and Alou Diarra were involved in a heated and vocal confrontation, with the Bordeaux man criticising the Manchester City hotshot for failing to fulfil his defensive duties as Erik Hamren's men easily bypassed the 1998 World champions' defence on numerous occasions.

Boumsong is of the opinion that this venting of frustration can only help the team improve and spur them on to success.

"It happens in every single team. It is good they are not bottling things up, but it is also good to express yourself out smoothly and calmly. It will help solve problems that never emerged on the surfice before now," Boumsong told

"France did not play well against Sweden. They are going to play Spain, who are in my opinion maybe the best team in the tournament.

"It is difficult to be optimistic after the game against Sweden, but everything is possible because we have got some good players, especially in attack.

"The main problems of the team is that they do not play together. If they play together they can trouble the Spanish defence."

Boumsong then took his time to single out Yohan Cabaye as France's best performer at Euro 2012, and stated that Andres Iniesta is the favourite to be honoured as the finest player at the tournament, should Spain defend their title.

"Cabaye has been the best French player so far. It was obvious that he was missed against Sweden. Iniesta has been the best player at the tournament so far, and will take the honour if Spain go all the way."