France midfielder Yann M'Vila has come out fighting ahead of their
quarter-final clash again Spain on Saturday.
Despite acknowledging the
reigning world and European Champions were favourites, the 21-year-old
midfielder said France were ready to banish the demons of their recent major
However, he also said that without improving greatly
on their most recent performance against Sweden, they would fail to progress in
"It's difficult. We're talking about the world and
European champions. They're the favourites for this match and for the whole
tournament," he told the FIFA website.
"If we want to beat them we have
to improve everywhere, no excuses. I don't see how we can do it
"If we play like we did against Sweden, we'll go out. We need
to show character and play well. That'll be the key.
"We want to win the
tournament. The first step was to qualify for the quarter-finals and we did that
without playing particularly well.
"Of course now we won't be happy just
to settle for the quarter-finals. We're playing Spain. So what? We're ready to
win the title.
"It's going to be very difficult to get the ball off them,
we know that already. But we can take advantage of the spaces they leave
"Above all, we need to be clinical with the chances we create in
front of goal. That's the only way of doing it."
The Rennes midfielder
also discussed the injury that had kept him out of the tournament until a cameo
against Ukraine and his start against Sweden, saying the minutes he played felt
"It was a good experience," M'Vila said. "At the start I felt a bit
stiff and it took me some time to get into the game,
"But after a while I
started to feel better, I let go and I don't think I did too badly. Physically I
was fine. I'm ready to give 100 percent whenever I'm needed."