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Domenech: Beating Scotland not essential

France coach Raymond Domenech insists his focus is not purely on beating Scotland in Paris - but on ensuring his team qualify for Euro 2008. France top qualification Group B by one point from Scotland, with world champions Italy a point further back. Three points at the Parc des Princes would put Domenech's men in an excellent position to reach Austria and Switzerland next year. But, having slipped up against Scotland at Hampden Park last October, Domenech is choosing to look at the bigger picture ahead of the visit of Alex McLeish's men. 'The objective is to qualify,' he said. 'It is not win, but to qualify. If we take nine points (in the remaining matches), Scotland must take 12. France-Scotland is not a final, not at all. 'It is open and anything can happen.' Scotland were 1-0 victors when the two last met, a result which blew Group B wide open. France and Italy were expected to qualify with relative ease, but Scotland's surprise win put them firmly in the frame at the sharp end. Domenech is determined his side learn from that loss and put in a better performance this time around. He said: 'We will try to play faster, pass the ball faster and control the game.' Captain Patrick Vieira added that he and his team-mates are determined to lay to rest the ghosts of Hampden and focus on getting all three points in the return fixture. 'We want to win this game only because we need points,' Vieira said. 'We lost the first game, it was difficult to accept, but now it is another match. 'We expect a difficult game, a hard game, a physical battle.' Meanwhile, the Inter Milan midfielder has refused to get drawn into a war of words with Scotland's Barry Ferguson, after the Rangers skipper suggested the French squad has an 'arrogance about them'. But Vieira said: 'I do not want to comment on what Mr Ferguson said. 'If we are concentrated and focus on our game, France can do something, but we have to pay attention to the threat of Scotland.'