France are by no means assured of qualifying for Euro 2008 finals, despite being two points clear of Italy at the top of Group B, according to coach Raymond Domenech.
A Samir Nasri gave France a narrow 1-0 victory over Georgia on Wednesday, four days after the World Cup runners up beat Ukraine 2-0 at the Stade de France.
With 18 points from seven games, France are two points ahead of world champions Italy, who took a 2-0 victory in Lithuania. Ukraine are fourth on 12 points but have one game in hand. However, Domenech believes France the group will go to the wire.
“I repeat, it will be tight until the end,” Domenech told reporters on Wednesday.
“We have not got back the points we lost in Scotland,” he added, referring to France’s 1-0 defeat in Glasgow last October.
“We are still in the race but we are actually trailing the others. Ukraine are still the best placed team because they will plays hosts to Italy and France.
“We are not qualified yet, we must achieve something in Italy or Ukraine.
“By winning these two matches (against Ukraine and Georgia), we did what we had to do,” he said.
“We now are in a good position before going to Italy. We now have to rest after a long, very long season.
“San Siro will be another story. We will have time to focus on this game and get ready for it.”