The Bayern Munich star says it is a unique feeling to play against Spain and admits he feels less pressure to perform for his national side when his confidence is boosted
The former Marseille star acknowledges that the world champions boast plenty of quality, but urged his teammates must remember they are also among of the heavyweights of European football.
"It's always special to play against Spain, they have great players," Ribery told reporters.
"Even though we still have things to correct, we still have an image to uphold. I did not want to go there and play small arms. We are still France."
The playmaker also admitted to feeling a lesser burden to perform when he is praised by the French public.
“Everyone knows my qualities. Whether it's you [journalists], or the French public, everyone says I'm better. And it's true, I play more freely, more relaxed, less stressed and under less pressure.”
Before the clash with Spain, Didier Deschamps’ side hosts Japan in a friendly on Friday.