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M'Vila bullish ahead of Spain clash
Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by Goal.com

The French enforcer has said that his side are ready to beat the world and European champions but need to improve on their performances so far after losing to Sweden

M'Vila bullish ahead of Spain clash

France midfielder Yann M'Vila has come out fighting ahead of their quarter-final clash again Spain on Saturday.

Despite acknowledging that the reigning world and European Champions were favourites, the 21-year-old midfielder said that Les Bleus were ready to banish the demons of their recent major tournament outings.

However, he also stated that without improving greatly on their most recent performance against Sweden, they would fail to progress in the competition.

"It's difficult. We're talking about the world and European champions. They're the favourites for this match and for the whole tournament," he told Fifa's official website.

"If we want to beat them we have to improve everywhere, no excuses. I don't see how we can do it otherwise.

"If we play like we did against Sweden, we'll go out. We need to show character and play well. That'll be the key.

"We want to win the tournament. The first step was to qualify for the quarter-finals and we did that without playing particularly well.

"Of course now we won’t be happy just to settle for the quarter-finals. We're playing Spain. So what? We're ready to win the title.

"It's going to be very difficult to get the ball off them, we know that already. But we can take advantage of the spaces they leave us.

"Above all, we need to be clinical with the chances we create in front of goal. That's the only way of doing it."

The Rennes midfielder also discussed the injury that had kept him out of the tournament until a cameo against Ukraine and his start against Sweden, saying the minutes he played felt good.

"It was a good experience," said M'Vila. "At the start I felt a bit stiff and it took me some time to get into the game,

"But after a while I started to feel better, I let go and I don’t think I did too badly. Physically I was fine. I'm ready to give 100 per cent whenever I’m needed."

    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