France Coach Laurent Blanc Hails Wembley Win Over England As ‘Very Positive’

After defeating England, Laurent Blanc is refusing to be carried away with France's good form, though he admits progress is being made.
Delighted France coach Laurent Blanc has hailed his young side’s 2-1 victory over England at Wembley, believing the outcome is one his players will forever cherish.

Les Bleus were utterly dominant in the opening half of the game and led at half-time thanks to a flashing shot from Karim Benzema that beat home goalkeeper Ben Foster at his near post. After the break Olympique de Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena made it two, guiding a controlled shot into the net from Bakary Sagna’s cross. Though Peter Crouch pulled one back late on for the hosts, France survived.

“The result is very positive,” Blanc told the media. “But what pleased me most is the play. We had planned some things to counter this English team, who are very athletic. In the first half we were superior and what a pleasure it was when we scored our goal to confirm our domination.

“To remember this evening, we had to win. We may only have a chance or two to play at Wembley and to see nothing but the joy of the players in the locker room... They will remember this their whole career.”

In the longer term, Blanc appreciates that there is still work to be done. “This victory will allow us to believe more in what we are putting in place but we are still in the construction period,” he affirmed. “There will be another exciting game to play against Brazil [in February]. The opposition will be higher. We are eager to see a conquering France team, but it takes time. There is much to be optimistic about but not euphoric.”

After losing his first two games at the helm of les Bleus, Blanc has now seen his side win their last five.

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