Mavuba: It's easier to play away than at home for France

The holding midfielder has conceded that the size of the national team's home stadium could be a mental obstacle, but he's determined to give the fans reasons to cheer
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Rio Mavuba has admitted that France tend to struggle in home games and generally find life easier away from the Stade de France.

Didier Deschamps' men started their qualification campaign for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 away win against Finland, and they will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in Tuesday's home game against Belarus.

"I don't know if the Stade de France is too big for Les Bleus, but I do get the feeling that it's easier to play away than at home," Mavuba said on the official Ligue 1 website.

"But there's no reason to think it's too big for us, and we'll do all we can to harness the support we’ve got and give them something to really cheer about."

The French national stadium has an all-seater capacity of 81,338 and is the sixth largest ground in Europe.