‘Hard to see us beating Spain’ – Blanc

France Coach Laurent Blanc is not in a confident mood ahead of his side’s quarter-final clash with Spain after their loss to Sweden.

Les Bleus suffered a shock 2-0 reverse to a Swedish side already eliminated from Euro 2012 after two consecutive losses. Blanc was left disappointed with his side’s performance and feels they will have to lift their game if they are to overcome Spain when they clash at the Donbass Arena on Saturday night.

“You know, when you’re used to getting good results and then you get a bad result, it’s understandable that there’s a bit of frustration, a bit of tension. This evening we’re all disappointed, the players and the coaching staff. That’s all part of a squad. We all could do with a little calming down”, Blanc said.

The France boss was also surprised by how prepared Sweden were for the game while praising their talismanic striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who netted a wonderful volley to open the scoring.

“We were expecting a tough game, but that tough? No. Sweden played with heart. Physically, they were very well prepared and they have a player up front capable of making the difference. That’s a lot of things adding to a defeat. We were hoping they would take their foot off the gas a little in the second half, but that wasn’t the case.

“Sweden played very well, but tomorrow, they are going home. However I will admit that it’s hard to imagine us upsetting Spain after a performance like that. Tomorrow things will look brighter”, he continued.

France will have to face Vicente Del Bosque’s side without first choice defender Philippe Mexes who is suspended for the game after picking up a second yellow card, much to the lament of Blanc.

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