Warsaw: France coach Laurent Blanc has hit out at Group D rivals England for their negative approach and claimed he would never implement that style with his side.
The 46-year-old reacted angrily to suggestions Les Bleus might adopt a similar set-up for their final group match with Sweden, where they require just a draw to advance to the quarter-finals.
These comments come after France drew 1-1 with Roy Hodgson’s men in their Euro 2012 opener, where England deployed a pragmatic approach to the game, looking to contain their opponents rather than going for victory.
“The English just sat back and waited for us to come at them. But there is nothing worse than failing to achieve your objective by not playing,” Blanc told reporters.
“So if we want a result against Sweden, we need to play football.
“Before we start to think about scoring a lot of goals to improve our goal difference, we first need to ensure we win the game.”
The French, who are currently on a 23-match unbeaten streak, can guarantee top spot in the group with a win on Tuesday night.
“We need to be very serious in the way we approach this game, as there is always a fear you will take your eye off the ball and pay the price — like we did early on in the Euro qualifiers,” Blanc added.
“There was a lot of satisfaction after the way we beat Ukraine last week but I have told the players we need a similar performance against Sweden. We are playing against a team that can’t qualify but they’ll still want to win.
“We have a lot of respect for them. I saw both of their games against Ukraine and England and they were the better team in both matches.
“We’re aware of what we want to achieve in this competition, so I’ll pick my strongest possible team and hope that will be good enough for victory.”
First Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 15:40