France will ‘not play for a draw’ against Bosnia

Pháp sẽ “không chịu thủ hòa” trong trận với Bosnia

France will ‘not play for a draw’ against Bosnia

France may require just a point (chỉ cần đúng 1 điểm) at home to (trên sân nhà gặp ..) Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday to reach (đi đến, tham dự) Euro 2012, but Les Bleus (đội bóng Áo xanh) are determined to take home three points, despite suffering an array of medical set-backs.

By News Wires (text)

REUTERSInjury-plagued (có quá nhiều cầu thủ bị thương) France need their medical staff (tổ y tế, ban chăm sóc) to perform "miracles" before Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifying decider (vòng loại) at home to Bosnia where Les Bleus will be going for a win despite needing only a draw.

France, who lead the Group D standings with 20 points and hold a one-point advantage over Bosnia, made light work of Albania in a 3-0 win on Friday, playing forward-minded football (bóng đá tấn công) throughout and they intend to do the same on Tuesday.

They are, however, hampered by (trở ngại do) defensive problems as they are without Bacary Sagna and could miss (thiếu vắng) Patrice Evra, Mathieu Debuchy and Eric Abidal, who are injured.

Centre back (trung vệ) Adil Rami, who picked up (bị dính) a knock (cú ngã) on Friday, should be available, as well as Evra, according to Blanc, but Abidal, striker Kevin Gameiro and midfielder (trung phong) Yohan Cabaye may struggle to be fit.

"It will be complicated. The medical staff will have to work miracles," Blanc, who also has to deal with the absence of the injured striker (tiến đạo) Karim Benzema, told a news conference.

While a point would put the former champions into (sẽ đưa..) next year’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine, they want to make absolutely sure by taking all three points.

"We should not be trapped into (tự rơi vào cái bẩy tâm lý) playing out a draw. It’s not our game, we’re not Italy, who can close the shop and wait for their opponent," midfielder Samir Nasri, who was finally near his best in the navy blue shirt on Friday, told reporters.

"We’re going to play our football and put them on the back foot (đẩy .. vào thế phòng ngự)  The good thing is that they are a team who like to play so there should be space. We’re not going to make calculations (so đo, tính lợi tính hại) and do everything we can to win."

Take advantage

Blanc agreed, stressing (nhấn mạnh rằng) Bosnia would not be content with a draw either as they look to qualify for their first major tournament as an independent nation.

"My only strategy is to win this game. We will not play against our nature, (không chơi bóng ngược lại truyền thống của đội mình) " the coach said.

"We will prepare this game just like the others: to win it."

It may, however, be trickier against (rất khó khăn để chiến đấu với) Bosnia than Albania.

Safet Susic’s team crushed (đè bẹp) Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday to make sure they will finish at least second in the group and clinch a playoff berth.

The team led by Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko will look to take advantage of France’s defensive concerns although Bosnia coach Susic believes the hosts remain the favourites (đội được đánh giá cao hơn) despite their injury woes (các lo lắng về tình trạng chấn thương ).

"France are the strong favourites to win because they have several world class players in every position, so it’s not a huge problem for them if someone is injured," he was quoted as saying by local media.

"We have to take risks in Paris but we also have to stay focused (tập trung, không để bị phân tâm) and keep our feet on the ground (thực tế, không mơ mộng viễn vông) because our fans sometimes expect us to play like world champions, such is their mentality."

The Bosnians are likely to field (bố trí) their usual 4-4-2 formation (đôi hình) with Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic up front (đá ở phía trên).

Probable teams: Cầu thủ dự kiến thi đấu

France – Hugo Lloris; Anthony Reveillere, Younes Kaboul, Adil Rami, Patrice Evra; Yann Mvila, Alou Diarra, Samir Nasri, Florent Malouda; Loic Remy, Bafetimbi Gomis

Bosnia – Asmir Begovic; Sasa Papac, Emir Spahic, Mensur Mujdza, Senad Lulic; Haris Medunjanin, Elvir Rahimic, Miralem Pjanic, Zvjezdan Misimovic; Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic

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