Malouda admits strike mistake

Les Bleus had no confidence, says Chelsea winger

Malouda: Mistake

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The French players were wrong to go on strike at the World Cup finals, according to Florent Malouda.

Malouda was in the Les Bleus camp which refused to train ahead of their vital clash against South Africa following a row between Nicolas Anelka and Raymond Domenech.

The former boss sent the Chelsea striker home after a half-time bust-up - a decision which led the players to go on strike.

And Malouda admits he and his colleagues made the wrong choice, and that everyone should share the blame for their disastrous campaign.

Out of control

He told Sky Sports News: "We were in a state of mind where we were reacting to something. That was the wrong decision. Now it's over and we're thinking about the future.

"It's really something brutal. For a player, for a simple problem to go to huge proportions - everything was out of control.

"Trying to blame one play for a collective mess, collective failure - I can't understand that."

Domenech oversaw a string of poor French performances, which saw them finish bottom of Group A behind the host nation.

A loss to Bafana Bafana compounded a defeat to Mexico and a dour draw against Uruguay and Malouda said a crisis of confidence had struck the campaign.

The Chelsea winger said his team were unable to revere their decline and didn't know where to turn to after a succession of bad displays.

"It was like we didn't know how to get a result," said the 30-year-old. "The most important thing was that we didn't know how to work on the confidence.

Loss of confidence

"There was a loss of confidence on the pitch. We were trying to find a solution but didn't know where to start."

He added: "To get the results you have to restart the confidence, the manager and the work you're putting in training.

Laurent Blanc will now take over the reigns of the national team following the Domenech dynasty and Malouda is optimistic the former Bordeaux coach can turn things around.

When whether Blanc could improve the situation, Malouda said: "I really hope so.

"I hope he can turn things in a positive way. There is a lot of expectation and people are aware that is it going to be difficult.

"We need that, the nation needs that. I hope he is going to be the man for the situation and he has everyone's help.