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Blanc evasive on team’s future, after acknowledging backfire of his gameplan

Coach Laurent Blanc of the French team admitted that his tactical plans wasn’t effective after their 2-0 loss against Spain in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals.

The Frenchman believes that his team (and its players) is more than capable of defeating the Spanish, but admitted that his setup was problematic.

"It was possible [to beat Spain]. We planned some things, but they didn't work out. Still, we have shown much solidarity, and we ran a lot to fill the spaces," he told reporters.

"We had a few opportunities to score, and I am only sorry that the Spanish scored with their first chance.

"If the game was 0-0 at half-time, we would have had a little more drive for the rest of the match. When we lose a match, it seems that we lack something. It might be our ambition, or a technical issue.

"The boys gave everything, but it is certain that things are missing. [Nevertheless], what I know is that the great nations of Europe will be present in semi-finals, but not us."

After the loss, the former Manchester United defender has been coy on his coaching future after their eventual elimination.

He took over the French national team in 2010 after winning the Ligue 1 title with Bordeaux, succeeding Raymond Domenech.

Although Blanc brought stability back to the national side and guided the team to a marvelous 23-game unbeaten streak as well as a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, his future with Les Bleus remains in limbo with his contract about to expire.

Before the tournament, he had a disagreement with France Football Association chief Noel Le Graet as Blanc wanted his contract extended before the start of Euro 2012 tournament proper. The president wanted at least the team to be qualified in the top eight as a prerequisite.

"We have just been kicked out of the tournament, the disappointment is there for all to see among coaching staff and players alike," Blanc told reporters.

"We will have to draw up an assessment of this Euro, an analysis in the next few days. There shall be positives and negatives, and we will see what happens afterwards."

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