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Ribery calls for French courage

France winger Franck Ribery believes his side should have no inferiority complex when they play Spain on Tuesday at the Vicente Calderon.

The former Marseille star acknowledged the world champions boast plenty of quality, but urged his team-mates to remember they are also among of the heavyweights of European football.

“It’s always special to play against Spain, they have great players,” Ribery told reporters.

“Even though we still have things to correct, we still have an image to uphold. I did not want to go there and play small arms. We are still France.”

The playmaker also admitted to feeling a lesser burden to perform when he is praised by the French public.

“Everyone knows my qualities. Whether it’s you (journalists), or the French public, everyone says I’m better. And it’s true, I play more freely, more relaxed, less stressed and under less pressure,” he said.

Didier Deschamps’ side host Japan in a friendly on Friday, ahead of their date with the World Cup and European Championship holders.

Wed 10 October, 2012
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