Fractured French back on the right path ahead of Spain clash, insists Blanc's No 2
21:30 GMT, 22 June 2012
With another French squad apparently on the verge of ruinous mutiny it appears Laurent Blanc's players will have to overcome their mistrust of each other as well as world champions Spain to reach the semi-finals.
Just a week after declaring the dark days of Raymond Domenech's era over, a limp defeat against Sweden has catapulted the French back into crisis.
On the verge of mutiny: Blanc puts France through their paces on Friday
But assistant coach Alain Boghossian claimed everyone was still pulling in the same direction.
'After Sweden we sat down and talked things through,' he said. 'Now it is a new start, a new beginning for our players. The air has been cleared and everyone is happy and getting on well. We are considered outsiders against Spain but will try to make some problems for this very good team and find some weak points.'
In contrast, Spain enjoyed a relatively comfortable passage to this stage with two victories and a draw.
And ex-French midfielder Zinedine Zidane, now an adviser to Real Madrid, believes Spain remain tournament favourites.
He said: 'We all know that Spain are the favourites, not just for this match, but also for the Euros.'