My tribe

Man City's Clichy not expecting tension in France squad

Gael Clichy has challenged the media to try and cause a fuss in the France squad because he is confident the players won't this time.

Les Bleus are preparing for this summer's Euro2012 after disastrous tournaments at Euro2008 and World Cup 2010 which were mainly caused by rifts within the playing group and a divide between players and coaches.

But Manchester City left-back Clichy is supremely confident that this group of French players are all in it together although he is wary of the press trying to control things.

"It's the same as everyday life," he told L'Equipe. "For now, the atmosphere is so good nobody is asking about what may go wrong.

"What the press want to discover, they will ask to this or that player. That, we cannot control.

"It is up to you (the media) whether you want to create tension in the squad.

"We all have the same vision," he added.

"A few years ago, with players like (Thierry) Henry and (Claude) Makelele, it was harder for the young players. They were 'the men' in French football, who had won the World Cup and the Euros.

"And that, whether you like it or not, created a bit of a gulf."

 Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Manchester City

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?