Heated ‘bust-up’ in the French camp.
Tensions are creeping into the France camp, with the players involved in a “heated” bust-up after their 2-0 defeat by Sweden and Chelsea’s Florent Malouda, dropped after the opening draw with England, has been among the most outspoken.
“Yes, it got a bit heated, but then everyone had a cold shower,” Blanc said. “It shows that there was a bit of electricity. I hope there will be against Spain, because we’ll need it.”
Malouda chose not to speak to the media after the defeat as he was afraid of what he might say.
“What I saw awoke some demons in me and I didn’t want to express myself,” he said. “Because in the heat of the moment there was the risk of launching rockets and missiles. There are some things to sort out and sometimes you can really hurt someone with a comment that you make.”
Of the dressing room disagreement he said: “Sometimes you need to aim a few bursts of gunfire at each other .
“We said quite a few things to each other in the changing room, which is a good thing as it’s proof that we have temperament and character.
“Balance is fragile and when you start thinking you’re at the Euro to shine individually then the wheels can start to come off. You pay very dearly for every error at a Euro. There’s personal objectives and then there are collective objectives.”
This perhaps doesn’t bode well for the French ahead of a huge tie against Spain but perhaps a little grumblings in the dressing room after a truly woeful performance against Sweden will act as a wake-up call for Laurent Blanc’s men.
Of course France are used to dressing room unrest and Blanc must hope that his side doesn’t self implode in a manner similar to their spectacular bust-up during the 2010 World Cup.
Fortunately chief trouble maker from that tournament, Nicolas Anelka, is nowhere to be seen but Patrice Evra, who was also instrumental in the South African Meltdown, is still very much a possible factor. The Man United man lost the national team captaincy as a result.