Ribery confident of goals against Scotland

September 11, 2007

France midfielder Franck Ribery is confident that Les Bleus have plenty of firepower to cover for the absent Thierry Henry tomorrow when they host Scotland in a European Championship Group B qualifier.

Henry will miss the match through suspension after being booked during the goalless draw with World Cup holders Italy in Milan on Saturday, but Ribery is confident that the French will still be a threat in front of goal.

The Bayern Munich player told L'Equipe: 'We will miss him a lot against Scotland and it's really a pity that he got booked.

'He played a good match (against Italy) and I would have liked him to score. But there are other players who can replace him on Wednesday.'

France coach Raymond Domenech has plenty of options. Nicolas Anelka could play on his own up front or David Trezeguet could come in alongside him as France seek revenge for the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Scots at Hampden Park earlier in the qualifying competition.

Scotland's excellent form has put them second in Group B and victory on Wednesday would put them in charge of the pool.

Their 3-1 victory over Lithuania on Saturday helped Alex McLeish's side leapfrog Italy in the group with the World Cup winners facing a tough trip to Ukraine on Wednesday.

France goalkeeper Mickael Landreau is one of the players that have acquired a new respect for Scottish football.

Looking back on the Italy game, he said: 'We got a good point but now we will have to consolidate that by getting three against Scotland.

'We know the Scots will be up for the game and that it will be a difficult match. That's why we did not speak only about Italy and we knew the match at the Parc (des Princes) would be decisive.'

Henry is not the only selection worry for Domenech, the man who led Les Bleus to the 2006 World Cup final last year.

William Gallas is considered unlikely to play which means that once more Julien Escude could partner Lilian Thuram in the centre of defence.