Tension showing in France camp

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France manager Laurent Blanc has revealed that tensions are running high in his squad following the defeat to Sweden.


The former Manchester United player claimed there were “heated” discussions between players, but was confident his players had quickly overcome their issues.


Defeat to Sweden on Tuesday has meant Les Bleus will be facing reigning champions Spain in their quarter-final on Saturday and Blanc hopes the frustration shown in defeat can be translated into passion on the field.


“Yes, it got a bit heated, but then everyone had a cold shower," Blanc said yesterday.


“It shows that there was a bit of electricity. I hope there will be against Spain, because we'll need it.”


It was a shambolic performance against the Swedes, who had already been eliminated and had nothing to play for.


Had they won as expected, Blanc’s side would have been taking on Italy on Sunday in Kiev – no easy task, but perhaps more favourable opposition than the Spaniards.


Assistant manager Alain Boghossian insisted the bust-up was a positive sign from the players, claiming the alternative would have carried more concern for him.


He echoed Blanc’s comments by claiming the players had moved on after the incident and were acting as normal with one another.


“I'd have been much more worried if there had been no reaction at all,” he said.


“We should've beaten Sweden and won the group, but we simply didn't perform. That there are exchanges after such a defeat is totally normal.


“For me, it's wholly positive. The air has been cleared. Everyone is happy and getting on well.”


Meanwhile Florent Malouda revealed some of the exchanges became quite serious and he claimed it was born out of the same anger and frustration that convinced him to avoid speaking with the press after the game for fear of saying something out of turn.


The Chelsea man even went so far as to hint that what went on even reminded him of the debacle that was France’s appearance at World Cup 2010 in South Africa.


“What I saw awoke some demons in me and I didn't want to express myself," he said.


“Because in the heat of the moment there was the risk of launching rockets and missiles. There are some things to sort out and sometimes you can really hurt someone with a comment that you make.”


However, he accepted that sometimes players having their disagreements out in the open could be a healthy thing.


“Sometimes you need to aim a few bursts of gunfire at each other,” he added.


“We said quite a few things to each other in the changing room, which is a good thing as it's proof that we have temperament and character.


“Balance is fragile and when you start thinking you're at the Euro to shine individually then the wheels can start to come off.


“You pay very dearly for every error at a Euro. There's personal objectives and then there are collective objectives.”

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