Wednesday, May 26, 2010

France v Costa Rica - mixed first half

At the half time 1-1 between France and Costa Rica.  Some good and some bad in this first 45 minutes.

Clearly Ribery on the left wing is good, he has been the genesis of much of the French attack and was the source of the French goal - granted it was an OG.  The Bayern man has given the attack much width by really forcing the ball wide and creating gaps where Malouda, Evra or even Gourcuff can fill causing some nice overlapping attacks.  The question remains, who to best bring some semblance of attack to the right wing? Gouvou has had some decent runs but clearly not the player that can create dangerous chances from that side. Wonder if Anelka would not be better served out on that wing with Henry or Gignac as the center forward? Gourcuff seems more apt in the deeper lying role, Malouda has had a good half showing a lot of energy and ideas. There have been some scares with Costa Rica pushing the ball quickly through the midfield - due to a lack of a second holding midfielder. The goal from Costa Rica should not have happened, not sure why but Abidal stepped up to stop the ball but then inexplicably backed off allowing for a clean shot, which Mandanda should have done a better job handling. Of course Costa Rica also had a clean look from a corner kick with only the cross bar to preserve the 1-1 score line.

Lots to work on in the second half.

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