Zinedine Zidane critical of France team
Former France captain Zinedine Zidane says Raymond Domenech “is
not a coach” and that “there is no teamwork” among the French
players at the World Cup.
France drew its opening group game 0-0 against Uruguay, and
Zidane sees little hope for improvement.
“The hardest thing is that there is no teamwork. They didn’t
play together and it was more a case of individual efforts,”
Zidane said on Canal plus television Sunday night. “The players
must take responsibility for themselves, move themselves. You have
to be straight with each other.”
Zidane scored twice when France won the 1998 World Cup final and
helped France win the European Championship in 2000, but he may be
best remembered for getting ejected in the 2006 World Cup final
after headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi in the chest. France went
on to lose the game on penalties.
Domenech was the coach in 2006, yet Zidane has little faith in
“He’s not a coach. He picked his squad and he has to make them
play together,” Zidane said. “You must put your ego to one side
and work together. Teamwork is the most important thing, and that’s
not what we saw during the (Uruguay) match.”
France’s next Group A match is against Mexico on Thursday in