Deschamps will not be to blame if France fail - Platini

The former Bleus star insists it is the players who must stand up to be counted as they attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit to Ukraine in Tuesday's World Cup play-off
Uefa president Michel Platini believes Didier Deschamps will not be to blame if France fail to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Les Bleus have a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg of their play-off clash on Tuesday after losing 2-0 in Ukraine last week, but Platini insists it will be the responsibility of the players to fight for their spot in Brazil.

"I have always supported all the France national team coaches," Platini was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"I am not really the type of guy who pays much attention to the role of the coach.

"Didier will not be responsible for anything, regardless of whether France win or lose. The players are the ones who determine the outcome of the game."

Deschamps was part of the France side which infamously missed out on qualification for World Cup 1994 after losing their final two matches to Israel and Bulgaria.

The second leg of the tie between France and Ukraine takes place at Stade de France on Tuesday.