France started their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with an extremely disappointing 1-0 home loss against Belarus and skipper Florent Malouda has made it clear that les Bleus desperately need a good result in Tuesday's away match against Bosnia to turn things around.
"We have to get a result. This team needs a good performance and a result that can become a reference. We know it'll be very hard but maybe we should follow the example of Belarus, who came here looking for a point and then gradually started to play with more freedom," said Malouda to uefa.com.
"I've been speaking to the young players a lot. But even if I didn't have the armband I'd still feel a duty to help the youngsters by being more vocal. I've tried to get everyone going again after the Belarus defeat and I've explained to them that we can't afford to feel downhearted after just one game.
"Getting players like Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra back might change something, but don't forget we also lost games at the World Cup with them playing. I was playing, too. There isn't a messiah. The reality is that we're losing matches and we have to bring this run to an end."