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Gallas: French players want Domenech to shed cautious approach at Euro 2008

Gallas: French players want Domenech to shed cautious approach at Euro 2008

France's players want to talk with coach Raymond Domenech after Monday's 0-0 draw with Romania left them concerned at shortcomings in attack.
France barely created a chance in a drab match in Zurich and defender William Gallas thinks a vast improvement is needed ahead of Friday's match against the Netherlands, which thrashed Italy 3-0 to take early control of Group C.
"We are impatiently awaiting the meeting with the coach to talk about what didn't work," Gallas said Tuesday. "We were not able to create many chances, I think we could have done better. We know that we absolutely have to win our next match."
France has scored only twice from open play in the last six games, during which time it has netted just four goals.
"We need points, we have to win, so we need to take more risks," Gallas said. "Against the Netherlands we will try and accelerate the play more and create chances. We know it won't be easy.
"But we can't ask ourselves too many questions, this is a game we must win."
It may be harder to convince Domenech, whose tactics favor defense over attack, yet Gallas thinks change has to come.
"We played with a hand brake on, and it's a shame," Gallas said, adding that _ before every match _ France has orders not to concede goals above all else.
Since reaching the 2006 World Cup final on the back of a tough defense that allowed only three goals in seven games, Les Bleus have shed flair in attack for pragmatism in defense.
Gallas feels a change needs to happen soon if France is to beat the Netherlands in Berne on Friday.
"Maybe we should try and change our style of play and play quicker to destabilize our opponents," Gallas said. "More movement, asking for the ball more. We saw yesterday (Monday), (that) something was not right."
Despite France's lackluster start _ it also drew 0-0 against Switzerland at the 2006 World Cup _ Gallas is confident.
"We know the french team, little by little it gets better and plays better," he said.
France hopes that striker Thierry Henry and captain Patrick Vieira will be back to face the Dutch. Henry has been troubled by a thigh strain and sat out against Romania, as did Vieira, who is recovering from a small left thigh tear.
Without Henry, France's record scorer with 44 goals, Domenech's team lacked variety and a long ball outlet.
"Everyone knows Titi's (Henry's) qualities," Gallas said. "With his style of play, we can play the ball long. It's another style and it will allow the team to play into space more, and perhaps this will be good against the Netherlands."


Updated : 2021-05-13 13:09 GMT+08:00