The coach :
I believe will should get ridd of Domenech, eventhough his contract runs till 2010. I don't see how it could be otherwise anyway. He would certainly tried to justify his decision and stick with his bad choices just in order not to lose the face. Like a schoolboy who cross out his work, i would rather start with a new clean page. The guy got some pride and like to play with the journalist rather than concentrate on the team at time.
The new coach should someone with a load of character and personality in order to give the team some spirit, will and determination in games, some cohesion in the squad. What we obviously lacked for years without Zidane. Maybe we can not have a leader in the dressing room but at least if we could have one on the bench.And if it not too much asked someone who can make a tactical change in order to make any decisve impact on the game. Cause enough with Lemerre and Domenech...
Not really convinced with Deschamps, to be fair. But at least he follows the team closely.
The players :
I agree with Numerodix that we should avoid these trend of players based on the really past performance with the NT. We had already some signal to worry about Henry, Thuram, Abidal, even Sagnol were all struggling with their respective club. We were the nation with the most of minutes played in Champions League cumulated last season. What gives a load of experience in big games.
We certainly have a pool of players big enough to perform and makean interesting squad.
I am not sure Coupet should start the qualifying, probably Frey
will have big responsabity with Lyon run in champions league.
Right back :
Despite my obvious bias against any Lyon players, Clerc
did pretty good in the last game against Italia ( despite he was pretty much useless because no one bothered to try a long pass to change the play) and one of thoses preparating game.
We surely can not afford to forget Sagna
, having a great season with Arsenal. Chimbonda
could have a try aswell.
Left-Back : Evra
is one thoses fews who have had a positive impact on the team during this Euro. A much better upgrade offensively speaking than Abidal
who should improve if he does not to stay on the bench. Clichy
should be considered for the future aswell. Don't worry much on that side of the defense, to be honest.
parternship : Gallas - Mexes should be the obvious choice for now. If at least it works. But then we lack a bit of quality to be honest.
We are loaded with promising defensive midfielders
, and therefore i don't think we should stay with Vieira
(plagued with Injury and still motivated enough). Makelele
young retired, Toulalan is first name which come to mind, and he had an Ok tournament. Just do not try to ask him to be creative and make the decisive pass. But i think he is very good for longs ball if he use it. Then depends on how we play (2 Dm or not) a more gifted technically in dribbling could be associated with Jeremy. Diarra, Diaby are monsters. Flamini can run endlessly.
Then the offensive midfielders
. Ribery is a must. But be have yet to find the place that fits him the most in the team. Probably on the left like with Bayern. We could associate him with my midget team : Nasri
and Ben Arfa
(but he gots to find a team where he can plays CL football and about 40 games per seasons, and that's not the case so far. That's why i say he is overated yet). I agree with N°10. that Malouda
spot in the starting 11 should be considered if he doesn't improve and Govou
as our eternal reserve player. We lack of speedy wingers though. Why not N'Zogbia
aswell ? Maybe Gourcuff
will recovers his Rennes's level with Bordeaux.
Finally, our strikers
can fits as lonely strikers so does Anelka
but i wouldn't mind Trezeguet
if we play a 4-4-2 with a competitive midfielders which can play high and not counter attacks only. I agree Henry is really frustrating when he stop the counter attacks and the team's fluidity by thoses kind of dribble while starting the ball stopped on his feets. He can dribble a player but most of the time the ball his stopped by a feet of one of the 6 or 7 players coming back to defend in the area.
Then i am not sure we will ever see Gomis again, but in the same style Cissé is alway close to make it.
p I would rather have [And you can all laugh on me till he hasn't find a more prestigious club] Jimmy Briand
who is really a hardworking guy and despite a awful finish can be interesting in the play.
The tactic :
Let's face it, our famous 4-2-3-1 can works against big teams relying on counter attacks but aboslutely sucks against teams which defends deep like us. That's why we struggling against the like of Scotland, Romania or even Lithuania. Our new coach should be able to work with a 4-4-2 with one Dm only. Can't say we haven't any players who can hold the ball, can we ?
So to sum it up :
Sagna/Clerc Gallas Mexes Evra
Govou Nasri Ribery
Sagna/Clerc Gallas Mexes Evra
Ribery Nasri Ben Arfa