Talent will see Ivory Coast through, Eriksson reckons

LONDON - Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes his talented team can advance from the group stage at the World Cup.

LONDON - Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson believes his talented team can advance from the group stage at the World Cup.

Ivory Coast, led by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, are in Group G with Brazil, Portugal and North Korea at the June 11-July 11 tournament.

Eriksson said yesterday that "we are in a difficult group and it will not be easy but I think Ivory Coast, with all their talents, can get through it".

The 62-year-old Swede says his main concern is that the squad won't gather until May 22, just weeks before the tournament begins in South Africa. - Sapa-AP

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