Previous
VfL Wolfsburg
Bayern Munich
(5) 1
(4) 1
FT-Pens
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Lyon
2
0
FT
Game Details
New York City FC
Montreal Impact
2
3
FT
Game Details
New England Revolution
Toronto FC
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
LA Galaxy
1:00 AM UTC Aug 2, 2015
Game Details
Arsenal
Chelsea
2:00 PM UTC Aug 2, 2015
Game Details
San Jose Earthquakes
Portland Timbers
ESPN2 9:00 PM UTC Aug 2, 2015
Game Details
Next

LIVE: Van Gaal to sell De Gea to Real

Transfer Talk
Read
VfL WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg
Bayern MunichBayern Munich
(5) 1
(4) 1
FT-Pens
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain
LyonLyon
2
0
FT
Game Details

Fernandez hails 'leader' Ribery

France star Franck Ribery has been hailed as the squad’s leader heading into the country’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Former France international Luis Fernandez believes Ribery is the man to spearhead the squad’s last-ditch attempt to reach Brazil 2014 after the Bayern Munich attacker helped Les Bleus destroy Australia 6-0 in a recent friendly.

“Every great team has a leader. Ribery is it,” Fernandez told beIN Sport. “He even was the first defender on occasion!

"That’s what we want to see, France as a team. We wanted to see the team attack and press and put in a collective effort. This is what happened [against Australia]."

And the former Paris Saint-Germain player believes the France squad turned a corner in their big win against the Socceroos at the Parc des Princes.

“It was just a friendly match against a modest opponent, but what it says when you score six goals is that you took them by the throat," Fernandez added.

“Against Belarus, the French side were spectators. Maybe the fact that they finally thumped someone changed that. Because until now, this golden generation, this generation of talent had yielded nothing.

“We feel that there is potential in this team, and we have waited to see that potential at work.”

France, who have already secured a play-off spot, trail reigning world champions Spain by three points in Group I in European qualifying and will need a big win against Finland, and hope their Spain lose to Georgia, to claim an automatic spot for next year’s finals.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.