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Domenech: 'France are one of the favourites'
After the 2010 World Cup debacle, former coach Raymond Domenech believes French side will go far at Euro 2012.
Last Modified: 26 May 2012 10:47
Domenech says he is looking forward to coaching another national side soon [AP]


Former France coach Raymond Domenech has said that he rated his country's chance among the favourites for Euro 2012 and that they should at the very least reach the semi-finals.

Domenech, who quit as France coach after the World Cup debacle in South Africa in 2010 and was replaced by Laurent Blanc, said that he believed the current squad could go deep into the tournament which is being jointly held by Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1.

"I see France as being among the favourites," he said.

"Eighteen matches without a defeat, wins over England and Germany away and a win over Brazil also, first in our qualification group - all that makes you a favourite"

Raymond Domenech

"Eighteen matches without a defeat, wins over England and Germany away and a win over Brazil also, first in our qualification group - all that makes you a favourite," he said.

"Lets be confident. We can get it wrong of course, but there is no point in lacking ambition. It's the semi-finals as a minimum target."

On the down side Domenech said he rated the current squad as still being in a transition stage "and which is still looking for its true character and leader."

"You can always ask who in this team is indispensable apart from the goalkeepers and (Karim) Benzema," he said.

"But there again, just having a good goalkeeper and a good goal-scorer isn't too bad. And with his talent, Karim (Benzema) could be the player of the tournament if he only moves a bit better."

Domenech said he saw France's opener against England as being "easy" as the English "had no great talents."

"After that we must not lose to Ukraine and that will be it for the first round for us."

On his own future 60-year-old Domenech, who was manager of France from 2004 till 2010 said that after a two year break he would be ready later this summer to resume being coach of a national side.

"I will be on the lookout for a job in September. Not out of any sense of revenge but because I want to do it again," he said.

"I want to take over as coach of a national team again."

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AFP
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