Saturday, May 31, 2008
The brute strength of Les Bleus
In an earlier posting, I paid tribute to Karim Benzema, one of very few French players to score a goal on his international debut.
Three who did went on to become legends, namely Just Fontaine, Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.
Bafetimbi Gomis may be destined for greatness as well. Like Zidane who scored two goals - a stunning strike in the 85th and a header two minutes later - after coming in as a substitute against Republic Czech in August 1994, Gomis got his name on the scoresheet twice against Ecuador three days ago.
Raymond Domenech has the luxury of picking a few combinations - Benzema-Anelka, Benzema-Henry, Benzema-Gomis, Anelka-Henry, Anelka-Gomis and Henry-Gomis, or try to accomodate Henry on the left with Anelka and Benzema in the middle, surely a scary thought for opposing defence.
They combine speed, brute force and technique with finishing prowess. The Dutch, the Italians and the Romanians will have their hands full no doubt! Allez Les Bleus!
Picture shows Gomis celebrating his goal. No place for the left-footed trickery of Hatem Ben Arfa (background) though.