Posted: Monday November 11, 2013 1:02 PM

Ribery hopes Ukraine's defenders all focus on him

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CLAIREFONTAINE, France (AP) - Winger Franck Ribery knows he will be a marked man against Ukraine in the first match of their World Cup playoff on Friday and is confident that can play straight into France's hands.

The Bayern Munich winger is in the best form of his career and a main contender for the Golden Balll. He has already scored 13 goals for club and country this season, including spectacular shots from distance, delicate chips over the goalkeeper and a powerful free kick last weekend.

He is France's most dangerous player by far and Ukraine's defenders are likely to double up on him whenever he gets the ball.

Ribery says ''I often find myself with two or three players on me. Sometimes that allows other players to be free.''

 
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