France manager Laurent Blanc said on Wednesday (30th May) that he hopes younger players will bring a new philosophy and mentality to the French side, as they get set to face Serbia in a friendly on Thursday (31st May) as part of their UEFA European Championship preparations.
France are just twelve days away from kicking off their Euro 2012 campaign against England.
The French play Serbia in a friendly on Thursday, and manager Laurent Blanc believes it will be a tougher task than their friendly win over Iceland - despite coming from two goals down.
SOUNDBITE: (French) Laurent Blanc, France manager: "To me Serbia seem a stronger team than Iceland, I hope we will not have the same score at the half-time. It's a different game, but we must remember these three games were organised to allow the team to be at a good level individually and collectively on June 11th. We have a different strategy against the teams we play. Tomorrow night without announcing the team there will be many player changes compared to the team that started the game against Iceland."
Since taking over the French team after a disastrous World Cup campaign in 2010, Blanc has tried out the countries rising stars. He hopes the fresh blood will inject new life into Les Bleus.
SOUNDBITE: (French) Laurent Blanc, France manager: "We launched some new players in the French team. With these new players that will help to obtain have a new mentality and a new philosophy of play. It's true we lack the time, but we expected that anyway, so we must adapt. We have three friendly matches, we have already played one and the second will start soon .We have one last game before the match against England. We want our technical and physical preparation to be ready on June 11th, because it's June 11th that we have to win."
France take on England in their first Group D game, on June 11th.
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|