Laurent Blanc’s debut as France coach ended sourly as his troops slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Belarus, and the coach has promised a close examination of what went wrong for his side at the Stade de France.
Despite dominating for lengthy periods, creating a number of half chances, les Bleus couldn’t find the net and were struck by a sucker-punch late on as the Eastern Europeans launched a rare penetrative raid.
“We can't just say it was a catastrophe,” he explained to the media, including Goal.com, after the game. “We have to look a little closer at what happened. We certainly haven't started well. We weren't able to take our chances, and when you can't win a match, you have to make sure you don't lose it.
“A draw would have been a mediocre result, but at least would have allowed us to get off the mark. We didn't do that, and we'll have to make up for that in Bosnia. It's difficult to take something positive away from this. I'll watch the game and analyse it. It's not enough to simply try and please, you have to be clinical. We were a little naïve.”
Les Bleus meet Bosnia on Tuesday evening as they try to bounce back rapidly from a morale-sapping loss.