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Spain's Del Bosque doesn't underestimate French threat

  • AFP, Friday, June 22, 2012 3:41 PM

Despite a dismal performance by France in its 2-0 loss to Sweden on Tuesday and talk of internal problems in the Bleus' camp, Vicente Del Bosque, coach of defending champion Spain, isn't underestimating its opposition in Saturday's Euro 2012 quarterfinals.

"Relationships in teams are never idyllic," he said. "You have to work hard to have good relationships within the team. Some players can be more difficult to cope with but as long as they play well on the field, that's the important thing. I don't know France's players, but I don't think it will influence tomorrow's match in any way."

Del Bosque doesn't believe that French coach Laurent Blanc will order his players to adopt a defensive approach.

"They have players who like to play and take the initiative," said Del Bosque. "They will want to beat us. I just hope the match will turn out well. France's coach is a good coach. He has great players at his disposal. The match they lost against Sweden doesn't count for anything. They're a good team and they hadn't lost for a long time before that match."

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