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09-04-2010, 03:55 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
I disagree with most of what you wrote in the first part of your post.
Gourcuff and Benzema are world class players. They had a difficult season last year, but that's true for many great players, which shouldn't mean they should be stripped off their "word class" label (Kaka, Pato, etc...). People could have said that for Sneijder, Robben the year before.
Both would start if healthy/available.
Toulalan is IMO one of the top 3 pure DMs in the game. Pure DM as offensive breaker, but not on the other side of the ball. He breaks down an incredible amount of plays and is essential to his side. He brings pretty much nothing offensively, but he's still a key to the national team.
Evra sucked under Domenech, but there's no doubting his talent and his play with ManU shows it. Clichy surrendered the goal all alone yesterday, and Evra, Trémoulinas or Cissokho (not to mention Abidal) are better than him. We have arguably the best depth in the world at that position, and it's ridiculous that it was a position of weakness yesterday.
Ribéry will shut his mouth and come back to the tremendous world class player he should be under Blanc. The reason he had such a baggage was probably because there was no boss with Domenech.
These guys would have helped tremendously yesterday, mostly creating goals and on that left side of the defense. Basically what we lacked yesterday.
As for Hoarau, Blanc is in love with him and I agree with the qualities he sees in him. But IMO, he needs a complementary player and Gameiro is exactly that. Quick, deadly around the net.
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