Les Bleus shift focus to Scots
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Raymond Domenech has Scotland in his sights after leading France to a win over Italy.
France coach Raymond Domenech is already looking ahead to the qualifier against Scotland on October 7 after masterminding a superb 3-1 win over Italy.
Les Bleus avenged their World Cup defeat on Wednesday night by beating The Azzurri in Paris, leaving them joint top of Group B alongside Walter Smith's Scots with two games played.
The game in Paris marked another substandard showing from Italy after their World Cup win as it came hot on the heels of a 1-1 draw with Lithuania.
Even though France now enjoy a five-point cushion over their rivals, Domenech believes they can only claim control of the group if they succeed in Scotland next month.
"We have defeated two World Cup champions in two months (Brazil and Italy). So we can only be satisfied with what we have achieved," said Domenech.
"It is nice to defeat the best team in the world, because they will remain the best team for four years. So we are happy.
"It is true that now Italy is down to five points in the ranking and that is good news.
"Anyway nothing is settled yet. We will have to do it again for the next game in Scotland.
"They won in Lithuania. Only the match in Scotland will allow us to confirm our performance and our ranking."
Sidney Govou was the star of the show with two goals in the victory, but the Lyon forward's inclusion came as a shock as he has not yet appeared for his club this season.
After almost leaving Stade Gerland in the summer Govou had only played one reserve game in the lower leagues before the European Championship qualifying showdown, and Domenech says he always had faith that the forward would produce the goods.
"The Italians sometimes put us in trouble, notably on the free kicks," said Domenech.
"But I must admit we were not so far away from a perfect match.
"We saw even the men that play in CFA (Division Four) have the level to play that kind of encounter.
"I am kidding but I had no worry about Sidney. We knew his fitness. Moreover he was much motivated to play."