Micka tipped for World Cup call-up
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The defending champions will rely on Manchester United star Barthez to be their number one, with Bordeaux's Ulrich Rame the chief understudy, but Landreau is emerging as a genuine candidate for the third goalkeeping slot.
The 22-year-old was outstanding in the 1-1 draw with United on Wednesday, making one stupendous save to thwart Paul Scholes, before being finally beaten in injury time by Ruud van Nistelrooy's calmly converted penalty.
"Micka had a great match," enthused his opposite number, Barthez. "Moreover, I really thought he would save the penalty and I told Lolo (Laurent Blanc) so before van Nistelrooy kicked the ball.
"We had a lot of chances but Micka was fantastic tonight. But there were also some technical blunders. It's a shame for us because, with all those chances, we could have won and got the three points.
"Micka is young and it would be nice if he he joins the French squad for the World Cup," he admitted. "It is my wish.
"But I don't make those decisions. We have a coach for that."
Roger Lemerre could not fail to be impressed by the Nantes skipper, who also made excellent stops to deny van Nistelrooy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ryan Giggs.
"Fabien repeated he is in favour of a young man for the third keeper post," Landreau confessed.
"Of course, I am the young boy, but it is just his opinion.
"We all know only the selector makes the decisions."
Landreau represented his country in last year's Confederations Cup and must be hopeful of earning a call from Lemerre.
The goalie admits to being delighted with his display for Les Canaris, who performed a spirited rearguard action against the English champions.
"It is probably one of my best matches," he smiled. "But I prefer to act in the long-term.
"This season, I really feel I have improved greatly.
"Tonight, I was impressed by Manchester's ability to keep the ball and accelerate when they want.
"The return match could be terrible but we will travel without any pressure. It will be a new celebration, even if we are not anymore in the run-in to gain qualification.
"However, obviously there is a world of difference between us and their team.
"It is always sad to concede a penalty in injury time. Until that moment, it was perfect.
"But we could not say the equaliser was unfair, even if we were close to such a feat.
"Tonight, I had a lot of fun, and this kind of encounter gives stature to a career."