France captain Hugo Lloris is looking forward to the clash with Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine today.
The goalkeeper was a spectator for much of the first Group D game against England, picking the ball out of the net was one of the few duties he carried out.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri arrowed in the equaliser just ten minutes after Joleon Lescott gave England the lead, but his team could not add to their score, despite having plenty of attempts.
Les Blues are favourites to top the group but Lloris is not taking anything for granted and expects the Ukrainians to be fired up for the game, as a win would see them through to the quarter-finals.
“It’s going to be very tough, playing the hosts in front of their home crowd is always tricky, and the Ukrainians have a good team,” he said in a FIFA.com interview.
“I’m confident, though, because of how we fought back against England. We showed a lot of character, which is something that can take you a long way.”
The Lyon number one was wary of the shortcomings in their performance against the English being repeated, and wants his side to rectify these mistakes to secure a victory that would see them go top of the group ahead of England’s clash with Sweden later.
“I think we need to work on our finishing; we need to take our chances,” added the 25-year-old.
“We can’t repeat what we did against England, where we dominated and had lots of shots, but just couldn’t find the net. We have to be more effective in front of goal.”
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