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French players relay their views on their loss and elimination

After their loss against the Spanish team, players of Les Bleus gave their perspectives on their loss.

Striker Karim Benzema admitted that side could do little to stop Spain's usual dominance. The Real Madrid player spent an isolated evening in attack at the Donbass Arena as his team could only manage one shot on target all game.

Laurent Blanc's men were dominated by the defending champion’s possession and high-pressing football.

Benzema said his team failed in coping with the dominance of La Roja, although he pointed out that their opponents was also restricted to a certain extent.

"If you look at the whole game, Spain had one chance, one penalty and that's about it," Benzema told RMC.

"There are always regrets after a game. Every team that plays against Spain does not see the ball. You have to stay at the back and wait for a counterattack. That is their style and it is the way it is, very tough. Besides they pressure you a lot."

Despite their elimination, Benzema acknowledges that France did well on this tournament, especially if compared to the ones in 2008 and 2010.

"This team have a future. We bow out of the tournament with our heads up, knowing we can only be proud of what we did. We reached the quarter-finals, it is nice." Fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye also believes that France is on the right track.

"We must not overhaul the entire squad, but just keep working together," he told L'Equipe. "We have built something."

France midfielder Alou Diarra admitted his side paid Spain too much respect. He admitted that Blanc got his tactics wrong against the reigning world and European champions.

"Well, we should obviously consider who were we playing against, a team that is very good at attacking so we needed to be stronger at the back but without forgetting that we needed to attack as well. We needed to find that balance and we didn’t do it in the end.” Diarra told Goal.com.

"It’s a disappointing to be out of the Euros, we played against a team which was better than us, individually and collectively. It’s still a shame because I feel that in the second half there was still a lot to play for and to pose them problems but that's how it goes sometimes."

“Spain were favourites before the match that's clear, now, analysing the match there were some moments in the game in which we could have been better, but we lacked sharpness in that last pass, in that last movement and those little details make all the difference at the top level."

"This is a very young team and I'm sure we've learned a lot, we are looking forward now for the World Cup qualifiers."

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