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Hugo Lloris: 'Now, we might actually beat (Spain)'
Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by SNTV


France coach Laurent Blanc had to put preparations for Saturday's UEFA European Championship quarter-final against Spain on hold as he dealt with the aftermath of the team's dressing-room bust-up following the Group D defeat against Sweden.


SOUNDBITE (French): Laurent Blanc, French coach:
"Some might criticise the way Spain plays, but personally I would not, because to be honest, when I see Spain play, as a viewer I find it extremely enjoyable. They play the kind of football I love. And I think that if in this room, there are genuine football lovers, they will agree Spain's way of playing is simply incredible and enjoyable to watch."

SOUNDBITE (French): Laurent Blanc, French coach:
"Even though there were some arguments after our match in Kiev, the paradox is that we qualified for the Euro quarter-final. So players were disappointed and upset because they lost the match, things did not work out the way players wanted to, and things heated up a bit. So we tried to calm things down, and I told the boys: listen despite this counter-performance, you have an exciting match to prepare for against Spain."

SOUNDBITE (French): Hugo Lloris, French team captain:
"We know that we will need to defend a lot against Spain, even though we will use our assets. Spain will probably possess the ball more than we will. We are all aware that this match will require a lot of efforts, energy, generosity and solidarity on our end, everyone will need to serve the team's interests. Now, we might actually beat them, we all believe we can."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia