Domenech is a bad coach whose arrogance grew following a surprise final showing at the 2006 World Cup. That was due to Zidane’s brilliance and not the coach’s decisions. He knew Romania would set up a defensive shop. So play Benzema up front along with Anelka. He had him play on the wing ortoo deep for too long. Also, bring in Nasri sooner and have Sagnol and Abidal come up the wings more often on overlaps. I would probably play Evra over Abidal. Anyway, he’s paid the price for a cautious set of tactics. The only person who showed any urgency was Ribery. The grass looked like it was too long as the ball didn’t seem to be rolling easily – another issue that hindered France… along with Romania’s eight behind the ball. Benzema and Anelka should have scored at least one of the chances they had – especially Benzema with the sidefoot. If you sidefoot, you need to put it towards one of the corners, not straight down the middle at the keeper. Not looking good for France.
Pre-game prediction: France 2 Romania 1
Result: France 0 Romania 0
Smells more like Group of Attrition or Last Man Standing. On to Netherlands vs Italy….