By Chris Wright
UEFA President Michel Platini has all but dismissed France’s World Cup hopes, admitting that the lack of outstanding flair players and their problematic coach – Raymond Domenech – will see them struggle at the South African World Cup.
Platini, speaking in an interview with Hersant Media Group , cited his country’s ‘Raymond problem’ as the main reason he expects to see them fall short this summer;
“There’s a Raymond problem. A problem of personality, not as a coach. He was hopeless, it was after the Euros with his proposal (Domenech proposed to his fiance live on television following France’s dismal showing at Euro 2008) which hurt the whole of France. People were in pain, sad, and he, he comes with his words.
He knew it, he’s acknowledged it, he messed up and that’s it. Before being himself, he is the coach of the France team. His duty is to the whole French footballing family.”
The French legend then went on to bemoan the French team’s lack of quality players and admitted that they are nowhere near being favourites to even reach