France vs Mexico 2010 FIFA World Cup: France's Possible Lineup
France return to action against an attacking side Mexico in the second round of the group stages.
Their first game was very blunt in midfield and attack and lacked real substance going forward as they always seemed to run into a brick wall as then opponents Uruguay defended spectacularly.
With Uruguay already thrashing South Africa to take the lead in Group A, the winner of this game could join them with four points and a step closer to a second round berth.
France have the talent and experience to go the distance and need to clear their heads if they want to repeat their World Cup Final run that happened in 2006. Then they had Zinedine Zidane, now they still have Ribery, Henry, and newcomer Gourcuff.
Let's hope Domenech is taking notes.
Its a 4-3-3 formation with wingers who play as inside forwards, cutting in to shoot as well as crossing into the box.
It also features two central midfielders and one defensive midfielder.
Gk: Hugo LLoris
The young shot stopper always looks confident in goal, although he was rarely tested in the previous game.
Hasn't pulled a "Green" and should return between the sticks for France.
LB: Patrice Evra
The French vice-captain offers a lot going forward and tracks back defensively. He was one if the rare bright sparks in the previous game.
Also he has been given the responsibility of being a leader on the pitch and should start at left-back.
Evra has a great link-up play and is a good crosser of the ball.
RB: Backary Sagna
His hair might not be the greatest thing, but he is an established right back.
He is an accurate crosser, overlaps reasonably and covers for his defensive duties.
Sagna will need to connect with his middle men and wings early to launch counter attacks.
CB: William Gallas
The reliable center back that is ever solid at the back and pops up to get the odd goals will be crucial to France as Mexico have tons of offensive players that could be threats to the French back-line.
Gallas's experience is key to the French side who will be looking for the win.
CB: Sebastien Squillaci
In the first game, Eric Abidal played at center back.
He is a left back and could get away with it because Uruguay defended more than they attacked. This time a proper center back is required and Squillaci should be deployed to partner Gallas.
DM: Jeremy Toulalan
Jeremy Toulalan is a very effective holding midfielder with good ball distribution, and the ability to read and break up plays.
He also tackles inch perfect and could help stop a Mexican onslaught right from midfield.
CM: Yoann Gourcuff
The creative playmaker should be converted to a free roamer from midfield in this game, picking out the final ball and also distributing to the wide men.
Gourcuff has good shot power and can trouble the keeper from long range.
He also has various kills in his arsenal, taking on defenders and creating space for his teammates.
He is definitely still one to watch out for.
CM: Abou Diaby
The best French player on the pitch from game one should also be given a chance to show what he can do.
The lanky player holds possession in midfield and makes runs that creates numerous chances. At times he gets caught in possession with his indecisiveness, but Diaby has lots of offensive firepower to make the right choices.
LW: Franck Ribery
The best attacking player on the French national side will be disappointed with his poor showing during the first game, as he was unable to use his trickery to go past players constantly; when he did, he had wayward crosses.
He will want to be a factor in this game and has to return to great form that helped his club side get to the Champions League final.
Ribery has the quality to take France to the top and will need ot get his game together fast.
RW: Nicolas Anelka
Anelka should start as the third player for the three-man offense.
Anelka is a good striker, he is fast on the counter, and picks out passes precisely. He was a great creative force to Chelsea's double-winning season and will want to experience international glory with the national team.
Anelka also has the ability to score from almost anywhere as well as find a man open to score.
CF: Thierry Henry
There were reports in the papers that the French camp wanted Henry to start the game against Uruguay, and rightfully so.
He has scored countless times for France when they need him and is the country's current leading scorer of all time.
Henry might have lost his athleticism and speed, but his experience and I.Q. will be huge for France.
Expect him to score if he starts.