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Ginola: France should stop using Chelsea's defensive stance against Spain

David Ginola believes that the French team must stick to their original game plan against the La Roja in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal match, instead of trying to use Chelsea’s formula.

The Les Bleus were favorites of Group D who also finished in first place, though was surprised with a 2-0 defeat to already-eliminated Sweden in the latter’s exit match.

Spain has been having a hard time as well, with their previous matches against Croatia and Italy as manifestations, but Ginola is adamant that the French cannot emulate such style else they will regret it.

"It's not possible to adopt a style of play similar to the one that won Chelsea the Champions League [semi-final] against Barcelona. We don't have the players capable of doing that," Ginola told RMC.

"We have the quality to lift ourselves up against Spain, but the players must want to do so. I would play with two wingers like [Franck] Ribery or [Jeremy] Menez as we did against Ukraine.

"We have to do things simply. We realise that the likes of Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Sergio] Busquets, or [Cesc] Fabregas will not hesitate to play one or two touch football to spread the ball around.

"We have the technical quality. Against Sweden, we had too much of the ball because there weren't enough solutions.

"We played separately, trying to do things more individually than as a team. We dribbled with the ball, and then we relied on the players who wanted it more.

"Everybody wanted to make the difference on their own. We need to have a different attitude against Spain, who are a great team to watch."

After a majestic 23-game run of being undefeated, France was slapped in the face with the 2-0 loss to an already eliminated Sweden, where we witnessed conflict showing within the French team post-match. However, the actor-footballer is pretty much confident that the French can go through this and eventually take the trophy home.

"There are many judgement and criticisms of the France team. Unfortunately, I find it to be very French," he said.

"It's true that Les Bleus didn't show their good side against Sweden, but we must wait until after the game against Spain before making any conclusions.

"France fans have the Knysna [2010 World Cup] episode in mind again. We're awaiting some redemption from Les Bleus. I was surprised to hear [France FA president] Noel Le Graet say that they were happy just to be in the quarter-finals.

"That was just a bit of shtick because we have a squad that can go all the way. We truly have the means to do so. The quality is there, the problem is that we fell back down against the Swedes."

Spain and France will meet on Saturday, and the winner will take on Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal in the semi-finals.

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