Domenech keeps mum over France's Euro hopes

7th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

AUXERRE, France, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - France coach Raymond Domenech believes their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign will go right down to the wire despite boosting their lead of group B with a 1-0 win over Georgia on Wednesday.

AUXERRE, France, June 6, 2007 (AFP) - France coach Raymond Domenech believes their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign will go right down to the wire despite boosting their lead of group B with a 1-0 win over Georgia on Wednesday.

Marseille midfielder Samir Nasri secured the points after a frustrating 90 minutes for the hosts, who still lead the group ahead of Italy, with Scotland now in third following their 2-0 win over the Faroes.

A frustrating match for the former world champions was punctuated by several missed goalscoring chances, with former Auxerre striker Djibril Cisse the leading culprit.

In the end Nasri's 33rd minute strike proved enough to give France another precious three points - but Domenech was not getting carried away with either Nasri, or the rest of his side.

"He scored a three-points goal, which is satisfying for us all," Domenech said of Nasri. "He's confirming that he's not just a flash in the pan. I hope he will get more chances to prove that, but he's not France's saviour.

"He played well. Players like him will come along in his wake - if they know how to react when given the opportunity."

Domenech admitted his players suffered from fatigue at the end of the match, which he attributed to their respective league seasons - and the sight of the forthcoming holiday season.

"There's a lot of things (to consider): the boys are tired and the holidays are on the horizon. Psychologically, it was harder. Giving the right pass at the right time becomes that little bit more difficult."

France resume their qualifying phase against Italy in September, and before then he hopes his players will be benefiting to recharge their batteries.

"They'll be deserved holidays," added Domenech.

"We're happy to have finished (this phase) on a winning note. We can take a breather until September, when Italy will be there for us again with a strong line-up."

The France coach was adamant, however, that despite being the pacesetters, his team can take nothing for granted.

"I'm not disappointed and I'm not surprised. But I keep saying this: it will go right down to the wire," added Domenech, whose only defeat in qualifying was their 1-0 setback to Scotland.

"We haven't clawed back the points we lost to Scotland. We're in contention, but we're not the only ones."


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