Blokhin: France will not attack against Ukraine

The national team coach expects Les Bleus to primarily focus on their defensive duties, and added that his side remain underdogs
Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin expects a cautious approach from France in Friday's Group D encounter in Donetsk.

The former Dynamo Kiev star believes that the results from matchday one will not leave Les Bleus needing to go all out in attack, as they could still make the quarter-finals even if they were to lose.

"The group standings will not force France to play attacking football. Even if they lose, they still have a chance to qualify," Blokhin stated at a press conference.
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"I don't think they will play particularly attacking football against us. The midfielders and strikers will always be a big threat, though. [Samir] Nasri was the best player against England. I don't know where he will play against us because he is very versatile.

"I think England and France are the favourites in the group. If [Laurent] Blanc said France are an outsider he did not mean it. They have great young players.

"I said after [beating] Sweden, we haven't achieved anything yet. My main task is to give strength to the players and make it possible that we get through the group stage."

Ukraine sit top of Group D with three points from one game, while France share second spot with England following their 1-1 draw.