France should be a seeded team. We have a lot of history, experience, Lloris said. Its a bit of a handicap, but unfortunately we have to put up with that. It means we should work harder and the players must surpass themselves. Another win against Finland, and more of the attacking flair shown against Australia, will send France into the playoffs on a high. Were trying to create a positive dynamic and we had a very good result on Friday, where we scored a lot of goals, Lloris said. We showed a lot of initiative, played high up and played with a lot of freedom. When we play like that we can cause problems for other teams. Since striker Olivier Giroud replaced Karim Benzema, the team has played with a sharper focus. Giroud scored twice against Australia and his ability to hold the ball up or lay it off, combined with his excellent touch, make him easier to find than Benzema, who tends to drift wide when he is not getting on the ball and has also lost confidence recently. Deschamps hinted that Giroud has now established himself as the first choice. You dont need to ask me the question because hes started the last two games and has played more than Karim, Deschamps said. Yes, well play with one center-forward. I think thats the system where were strongest. Its easier when you play high up and win the ball in your opponents camp. They have less time to get organized, theres less distance to run when you defend and so you save energy. Deschamps is expecting Finland, third in Group I, to put up stiffer resistance than Australia did. I think it will be harder.
Sign up now! France vs. Finland, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule Gear Up! Jack Sargeant, SBNation Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 3:00 AM Didier Deschamps’ team host Finland in Paris on Tuesday, with the visitors currently sitting a position and five points below Les Bleus. France should take advantage of their superiority and record a win, though are unlikely to overtake group leaders Spain and qualify for Brazil 2014 automatically. For that to happen France need to win and hope Spain slip up and lose to Georgia, with a four goal swing in their favour. With the reigning world and European champions having not lost throughout their entire qualification campaign, the chance of that happening is minimal to say the least. However, France’s 6-0 friendly (or rather unfriendly) drubbing of Australia on Friday offers them some slight hope, with Deschamps having seen his side score ten goals in their last couple of games. Prior to then, they had gone an incredible five games without scoring a single goal. Projected lineups
France’s Hollande: Central African Republic troubles could spill over
The capital increase will comprise 300 million euros of the package. Little Appetite Alitalias board met yesterday. Cedric Leurquin, a spokesman for Air France, declined to comment. The airlines stance on Alitalia is preliminary and the company may reconsider its commitment if conditions change, two of the people said. The French airline gave a taste of its reluctance for an Italian bailout in September, when the board met to consider raising its stake and ended up saying it needed more information from its Italian partner before making a decision. Italy s postal company Poste Italiane SpA agreed to contribute 75 million euros, UniCredit SpA (UCG) and Intesa Sanpaolo SpA (ISP) will guarantee as much as 100 million euros for eventual unopted rights in the capital increase for Alitalia, which is losing 1.5 million euros a day. Failure to invest now would dilute Air Frances stake to about 11 percent, Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said Oct. 13 in a televised interview with SkyTg24. It would also strip from Air France the veto powers it now has against decisions on major partnerships with other airlines, the minister said. Partners Air France in 2009 paid 323 million euros for 25 percent of the Italian airline, which had gone bankrupt and was given a fresh start stripped of its debt, merging its assets with those of Air One SpA. Regardless of its stake in Alitalia , Air France as a partner in the Skyteam alliance can still reap the benefits of pulling passengers from Italy through Paris or Amsterdam for long-haul flights to other parts of the world. Alitalia has suffered on both short- and long-haul. On domestic and European routes, competition has mounted from EasyJet Plc (EZJ) , which has doubled its presence in Italy since 2008 to 24 aircraft and1 40 routes from 17 Italian airports. On long-distance flights, Alitalias offerings have weakened to a point that Emirates now also serve the Milan-New York route.
France vs. Finland, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule
“There is also an emergency at a regional level because there is a risk of spillover. We might witness religious conflict,” he said, in comments translated from French. There have already been sectarian clashes in the conflict that has driven more than 400,000 people from their homes, fleeing violence including murder and rape. France has about 400 troops in the capital, Bangui, and sources have told Reuters their numbers could be increased to around 750. However, Paris is reluctant to be left to deal with another African hotspot after it felt allies such as the United States were hesitant to help it halt a rebel advance by al Qaeda-linked insurgents in Mali earlier this year. The Central African Republic is geographically at the centre of what some strategists have called an “arc of insecurity” of Islamist fighters that cuts from Kenya and Somalia in east Africa across to Mauritania in the west. Hollande said there was need for African governments to develop a standby force to deal with conflicts as they arise. The African Union has deployed about 2,500 troops. But its resources are limited, prompting Paris to seek a U.N. Security Council mandate that would turn the operation into a U.N. peacekeeping force ultimately supported by French troops.