Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue has praised coach Sven-Goran Eriksson for bringing stability and organisation to the side.
The Swede's more pragmatic approach was often criticised when he was in charge of England and was given even shorter shrift during his short stint at Mexico's helm.
But his steadying influence is something which has been welcomed by Ivory Coast's so-called "golden generation", who have yet to win anything despite having arguably the best all-round talent on the African continent.
"We are so happy to get Eriksson as our manager because now when we play we are more solid and more compact," said the Arsenal defender, who is likely to line up against Brazil in Group G on Sunday.
"Our objective is to defend well first.
"Every player feels very well and we've got confidence in ourselves."