Events before this game have been dominated by problems within the French camp. Coach Raymond Domenech appears to have lost control of his squad, with the entire squad sitting out training sessions after Nicholas Anelka was sent home after a heated argument with Raymond Domenech at halftime during their surprise defeat to Mexico. South Africa are going to want to entertain the home fans for what is likely to be their last game of the first World Cup to ever be held on African soil. With the pressure off, the Bafana Bafana could cause more problems for the troubled France team.
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On the field, France have been just as disorganized as they have off it, in South Africa. A 0-0 draw with Uruguay followed by a 2-0 defeat to Mexico leaves Les Bleus 3rd in Group A. Against Mexico, you wouldn’t have recognized many of the star names that litter this talented French team. A team boasting the likes of Patrice Evra, Frank Ribery and Florent Malouda should not be struggling for results in the early games of an international tournament. None of their star names covered themselves in glory against a swift counter-attacking Mexico team. Captain Patrice Evra was caught out of position on a number of occasions as he tried to make his trademark overlapping runs on the left-wing. Frank Ribery was anonymous again, just as he was in the first game against Uruguay. The Bayern Munich man struggled to keep up with the pace of the game and looks a shadow of the player who took his club side to the Champions League final.
In the minds of many France supporters, the guilty party for their team’s abject performances so far is Coach Raymond Domenech. With France needing a result to get their campaign going against Mexico, Thierry Henry was left on the bench for the entire game, while Bordeaux star Yoann Gourcuff was also incredibly dropped from the starting line up. France’s biggest weakness is the mentality within their squad. They have all the talent in the world, but don’t have a coach that can manage the egos of the star players. If France could overcome the psychological issues within their squad, they could beat most teams at this World Cup. Sadly though, events off the field will be the most memorable part of their South Africa 2010 campaign.
Despite the controversy over the vuvuzelas and the new ball being used in the tournament, South Africa has been a tremendous host country for the 2010 World Cup. Battling against the odds to qualify for the knockout stages, with just one point to their name in the tournament so far, the host nation’s World Cup run looks headed for an early conclusion. Carlos Alberto Parreira’s team will aim to head out in style and entertain the adoring home fans. Their first game of the tournament against Mexico showcased what the team is capable of given the opportunity to play. With the speedy Katlego Mphela in the lone striking role being backed up by Siphiwe Tshabalala running from a deep-lying left side position, South Africa proved equal to the talented Mexico team on the day. The game against Uruguay in the second set of Group A matches illustrated the major weakness in the South Africa team: lack of consistency. Their second group game was a humiliating encounter. South Africa were had no answer to the movement and skill of a Diego Forlan inspired Uruguay, and a 3-0 defeat was a fair reflection of the proceedings. Coach Parreira will likely give his team the freedom to go out and enjoy the occasion against France and play the open and expansive soccer that can make this team a joy to watch.
While some players in the French squad might be struggling mentally in preparation for this game, they still have the talent in their ranks to overcome South Africa. With everything that’s gone wrong in the French camp so far, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them come out strong against South Africa to try and prove that they are as good a team as many people believe they could be. In the end, though, the result here is likely to have little impact as to who will qualify for the knockout stages from Group A.
France vs South Africa Prediction: France 2-1 South Africa
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