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Posted by Soccernet Staff on 06/06/2010

France defender Eric Abidal admits he has yet to gel completely in the centre of the back four with William Gallas, with just five days to go until Les Bleus open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay.

Raymond Domenech's side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their World Cup warm-up games, conceding a goal in each of their matches against Costa Rica, Tunisia and China.

And Abidal, who plays at left-back for club side Barcelona, knows he must improve his understanding with Arsenal centre-back Gallas.

"It's always hard for a team to let in goals,'' Abidal told Telefoot. "Now I don't think that it's linked only to the defence.

"There are still some details to sort out with William, in the accuracy in the level of placement because William is used to playing in a certain position.

"It's up to me to be able to adapt and then to do movements in a block, as a team, and to try to do everything to plug the gaps that could occur.''

Les Bleus have been lambasted in the French press after Friday's defeat to China, a nation ranked 84th in the world.

The defeat capped a series of disappointing results which has seen them held to a 1-1 draw by Tunisia and come from behind to narrowly beat Costa Rica 2-1. However, Abidal is looking at the positives.

"I think that on the whole, we should still be pleased because we have conceded three goals but we have still had a victory and a draw," Abidal said. "So it's encouraging for us.''


Posted by Gilles on 06/10/2010

More worrying is the fact we couldn't score to save our lives plus cry-baby Gallas is at it again (boohoo Evra's captain now you know)
I'm just hoping for some damage limitation, last 16 will do, we can't hope for more. On top of that I'm really having it reading and listening about "French cheats" blablabla. To all French bashers let us remind them that football History is plentiful of injustice, that's life. Remember how France got cheated out of a potential WC final in 1982? Germany got robbed of a possible 1966 WC by a blind ref? England V Argentina 1986 anyone? Spain V S Korea 2002? Italy sneaking through to the 1/4 with a blatant dive and subsequent pen V Australia? And the list goes on.I wish more people would get over itm move on, and realise that 99% of the French population was ashamed of Henry and are not all dodgy characters.
The Irish might as well remember that penalty V Spain 2002:(see replay at 1:40)
Are ALL Irish cheats too?

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