Zidane criticises French players for not playing as a team

June 14th, 2010 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Knysna (South Africa), June 14 (DPA) French footballing legend Zinedine Zidane has slammed the country’s World Cup stars for not playing as a team. He also accused Raymond Domenech of “not being a coach”.
“I did not see any team play,” said Zidane in an interview with French television channel Canal+ late Sunday about France’s opening goalless draw with Uruguay.

“The players should control themselves and leave their egos to one side. There was no team play. They did not play for each other. Always trying to do things on your own is not good,” he said.

The 37-year-old who played his last game for the national team in the 2006 World Cup final also criticised coach Domenech.

Zidane said: “He is not a coach, he just picks the players. He should concern himself with making sure the players work as a team. But ultimately it is the players who have to show what they can do on the pitch.”

France play Mexico in Polokwane Thursday and Zidane added: “Only as a team can we succeed. Each player has to help his team-mate. No player can do everything alone.”

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