Former French World Cup winner Marcel Desailly has stated in clear terms that their inability to push France to the limit caused the Eagles a place in the quarter-finals of the on going World Cup.
Desailly who was a guest analyst on Supersport noted that the Stephen Keshi led side lost concentration and lack the tactical discipline to curtail the Les Bleus for the entire duration of the encounter after France marched through to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Nigeria in Brasilia.
“They didn’t pay attention to small details during the game. They showed lots of threats going forward but they could not stand up in defence which was their Achilles heel.”
He also added that Eagles were dangerous attacking during the encounter but lacked the same attribute defending.
“But the French side where full of concentration, well organise and they made the difference,”
“We had seven players every time behind the ball to complement the defenders. Which was an amazing block.
“The Nigerian side could only attack and could not defend which was not good enough,”