DONETSK, Ukraine: Laurent Blanc has urged France to avoid the mistakes they made against England by starting strongly against co-hosts Ukraine in their second Euro 2012 outing in Donetsk on Friday.
France were second-best for the first quarter of their opening match and fell beh-ind to a Joleon Lescott header before earning a draw through Samir Nasri’s equaliser nine minutes later.
Les Bleus finished the game at Donbass Arena in the ascendancy but were unable to breach the English defence a second time and Blanc does not want them to handicap themselves with another slow start on Friday.
“We’ve re-watched the England game a few times,” he said. “We could have been 2-0 down after 25 minutes and it would’ve been very difficult to come back. But the goal woke us up and tomorrow (Friday) I hope we’ll be awake from the first second of the match.”
Contrary to the England game, Blanc has a fully fit squad to select from and must make a decision whet-her or not to include Yann M’Vila from the start after he overcame an ankle injury.