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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ribery calls for France focus

Fabien Perrin, France Correspondent

Franck Ribery is hopeful France can leave behind their recent bad form against Spain when they face the world and European champions in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

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Spain have come out on top in their last three meetings against Les Bleus, including a routine 2-0 victory at Euro 2012 which saw Laurent Blanc's men exit the tournament with a whimper.

Although he realises it will not be easy to end the run, the Bayern Munich attacker is calling for greater motivation from Didier Deschamps' team.

"We know that it will be difficult in Spain," Ribery said. "In front of us, there will be great players. "Spain has very good players, they dominate everything. We must be more motivated and go with the desire to win. We will do anything to be at a good level."

Ribery is expected to miss the friendly with Japan on Friday in order to rest a persistent thigh complaint, but he would like to make some kind of appearance as he prepares to face the Spanish.

"I feel better, I have worked for it for a long time. So if I'm not 100% on Tuesday, we'll see. But I know we did everything to make me at 100%. Of course there is a risk every time I play," he said.

"For the match against Japan, in agreement with the coach, I do not start but I'd like to play a little because it is important to prepare for Spain."

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