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Zidane: Domenech is not a coach

June 14, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Former France captain Zinedine Zidane is the latest person to attack coach Raymond Domenech and claimed "there is no teamwork" among the French players at the World Cup.

GettyImages / MichaelSteeleZinedine Zidane: Angry at the coach.

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France struggled to a 0-0 draw in their opening World Cup match against Uruguay on Friday and failed to break down the South Americans, creating only a few chances in the game.

Even when Uruguay went down to ten men with the sending off of Nicolas Lodeiro, France still failed to send men forward and Zidane believes that it was down to a lack of team ethic.

"They didn't play together and it was more a case of individual efforts," Zidane said. "The players must take responsibility for themselves, move themselves. You have to be straight with each other."

"[Domenech] is not a coach. He picked his squad and he has to make them play together. You must put your ego to one side and work together. Teamwork is the most important thing, and that's not what we saw during the [Uruguay] match."

France's next match is against Mexico in Polokwane on Thursday.