France Boss Raymond Domenech Admits Needing a ‘Miracle’ as Mexico and Uruguay Plan Stalemate

“Patrice, I think I will leave now if you don’t mind. Can you tell the others I have left, also tell Thierry Henry I have no intention of picking him?”

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Jun 17, 2010 - Polokwane, South Africa - Patrice EVRA - Raymond DOMENECH - during the World Cup Group A match between France and Mexico at Peter Mokaba stadium. Mexico won 2-0.

Under-fire France boss Raymond Domenech says his team need a World Cup miracle after their shock 2-0 defeat by Mexico.
Uruguay and Mexico meet in their last group game knowing a point will send them both into the last 16, condemning France to an embarrassing exit.
“We need a miracle now,” said Domenech, who will step down after the World Cup.
“When we are forced to rely on others, there’s nothing to say. I don’t have the words, it’s a real disappointment for all the people who believed in us.”
France, World Cup winners in 1998 and runners-up four years ago, followed a 0-0 draw with Uruguay in their opening game with another uninspiring display against a classy Mexico side.
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre’s personnel changes proved inspirational, with all three substitutes involved in the second-half goals.
Javi Hernandez scored the first after breaking the offside trap and rounding the keeper, while Pablo Barrera was tripped to allow Cuauhtemoc Blanco to seal the win from the spot.

Domenech, meanwhile, replaced the ineffectual Nicolas Anelka with Andre-Pierre Gignac at half-time but it failed to revive France.
“If we had the answers then we could have done something about it,” said the France coach.
“We had good intentions and desire. I feel just like all of the fans, all the French people. It’s more than just a disappointment.
“At the moment, I don’t know what I will say to the players.” (BBC Sport)

It was always likely to be a bad World Cup for France. Not least because Raymond Domenech has somehow managed to remain in position as coach but also because the entire French team do not like one another, in fact they hate each other. Its almost as though they played badly to spite each other.

Expect Uruguay and Mexico to pass the ball about for 90 minutes. Although there is some talk about either side trying that bit harder to avoid playing Argentina so perhaps France have an outside hope. Of course they will need to score a goal so that could be a problem.

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