Domenech cools draw fears
10 Jun 2008 - 07:30:14
Raymond Domenech believes Group C will go right to the wire after watching his France side labour to a goalless opening draw with Romania.
Les Bleus struggled to break down well-organised and hard-working opposition and now face Netherlands and Italy in a genuine 'Group of Death' with their qualification hopes having taken an early knock.
But after the abject goalless draw in Zurich, Domenech refused to criticise his side and insists their qualification destiny remains firmly in their own hands.
He said: "I have been saying since the draw was made, this is a complicated group.
"We have two more matches to play and this will be a tough group right until the end.
"There are no weak teams. All four of us are going to do everything we can, but we have known that for six months.
"Their (Romania's) team is solid, strong and well prepared and it was a difficult match.
"I wish we had have won 10-0 and created many chances but this isn't what happened.
"Of course I will be disappointed if we don't go on and qualify but we are taking it step by step."
Meanwhile, Domenech revealed that he hopes to have injured duo Patrick Vieira (thigh) and Thierry Henry (back) available for Friday's meeting with Netherlands.