Blanc welcomes Ribery return
Laurent Blanc has hailed the returning Franck Ribery as one of France's potential match-winners in Friday's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Luxembourg - but warned he cannot be expected to "win it on his own".
The Bayern Munich winger was banned for three matches after his part in Les Bleus' FIFA World Cup™campaign last summer. He returns to the national team set-up for the first time this season against the Group D minnows, with coach Blanc feeling his creativity will be key to unlocking a team who "play with 11 behind the ball".
"You can have the best team in the world but at a given moment, if you are not able to put your opponents under pressure because they are too well organised, you must have players who can make the difference," said Blanc. "We will look to him a lot, but we must not put him under any more pressure by thinking he can win the game on his own."
Ribery's position in the side remains open to debate, with the right-wing berth where he first made his name looking a more likely assignment than the 27-year-old's preferred spot on the left flank, where Chelsea's Florent Malouda is the man in possession.
"There will be a discussion," said Blanc. "He started with the national team on the right, where he was very impressive. He prefers the left wing, which makes sense because that is where he plays for his club.
"I believe he can play anywhere across the attack. He is capable of beating his man no matter what area of the pitch he is in."