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Blanc: Shevchenko not the only threat

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 14 Jun 2012

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Laurent Blanc says France will not focus solely on Andriy Shevchenko in their Euro 2012 match against co-hosts Ukraine on Friday.

Veteran striker Shevchenko netted twice in his country’s 2-1 win over Sweden on Monday, and is likely to pose a threat again when Ukraine face France at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk.

Nevertheless, France coach Blanc feels there is more to Oleg Blokhin’s side than just the former AC Milan star.

“Shevchenko is someone I know well. He is no longer 20 but he is so clever with the runs that he makes and he showed that in the first game,” Blanc said.

“We won’t focus solely on Shevchenko. In my opinion, he’s a great player and always in the right place at the right time. The big players perform at big tournaments and he is showing that.”

Blanc said playing at home is not necessarily an advantage for Ukraine, and suggested the pressure could prove to be too much for the co-hosts to cope with.

“It can be an advantage to play at home but it can be a disadvantage too,” he said.

“Ukraine have started very well and they have already played under a lot of pressure.

“There will be even more pressure on the second game and sometimes pressure can hinder people.”

France played out a 1-1 draw with England in their Group D opener on Monday. Following the Ukraine match, they take on Sweden Kiev on Tuesday.

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