France coach Raymond Domenech was typically evasive when quizzed by the press on Thursday evening about his potential decision to relegate Yoann Gourcuff to the substitutes bench for les Bleus’ encounter with Mexico on Thursday evening.
The mercurial coach has veered away from the 4-3-3 formation used in the build-up to the World Cup in training over the past couple of days, using instead a 4-2-3-1 set-up that was prominent in qualification. In another notable twist, Gourcuff has been training with the substitutes, with Florent Malouda promoted to the top side.
“Until the last second, I still have doubts, I am still thinking,” Domenech told the press, dodging the question.
Speaking of el Tri, Domenech warned his side to expect a tough match, but at the same time did his best to ease the pressure on his side. “This is a team with a good quality game and who will want to win, like us,” he said.
“Whatever the result of this second game, everything will be to play for on the third [matchday], unless a team loses 4 or 5-0.”
France have a good historical record against Mexico, having won five of their six previous encounters.
Domenech & Evra's pre match press conference, with English voice over, on this video.
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