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Plans didn´t work for Blanc

SoccerNews in European Championships 24 Jun 2012

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France coach Laurent Blanc admitted his side lacked ambition following their 2-0 loss to Spain in the third Euro 2012 quarter-final on Saturday.

A double from Xabi Alonso was enough for Spain to quality for the last four, but while the Frenchman is convinced his side had enough talent to inflict damage on their opponents, he feels they did not display the necessary spark.

“It was possible [to beat Spain]. We planned some things, but they didn’t work out. Still, we have shown much solidarity, and we ran a lot to fill the spaces,” he told reporters.

“We had a few opportunities to score, and I am only sorry that the Spanish scored with their first chance.

“If the game was 0-0 at half-time, we would have had a little more drive for the rest of the match. When we lose a match, it seems that we lack something. It might be our ambition, or a technical issue.

“The boys gave everything, but it is certain that things are missing. [Nevertheless], what I know is that the great nations of Europe will be present in semi-finals, but not us.”

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