Didier Deschamps, head coach of Olympique de Marseille, knows exactly what it takes to win the World Cup, having triumphed in the competition in 1998, and he believes that the current crop of France players has the ability to at least qualify for the finals of the event in South Africa next summer.
Les Bleus have made stuttering progress in Group 7, unconvincingly moving into second place, though they have a chance to right some wrongs over the next week, when they play Romania and leaders Serbia. Six points from those games would see them move top.
Deschamps thinks that this is certainly not a task beyond the capabilities of the current crop, but neither does he consider it to be a routine task.
“The France team has the qualities and the potential to qualify,” he noted. “[But] the climate around is not of great serenity.
“The players are aware of their potential to do what it takes to win both matches.
“These are two games of truth. I think they are confident but it will not be easy. Before thinking about Serbia, we must first think of Romania. I sincerely hope that France will be at the World Cup because it is indispensable to French football’s international plan.”
Deschamps has hinted that he would someday love to take over the role of coach for his country, but he has conceded that Girondins de Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc is probably ahead of him in the pecking order as things stand.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com