France seek perfect blend to topple Ukraine

Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:37pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - France must find the perfect blend of calm and madness to overturn a two-goal deficit in their World Cup playoff second leg against Ukraine on Tuesday, according to coach Didier Deschamps.

Les Bleus slumped to a 2-0 defeat in Kiev and face the prospect of missing out on a major tournament for the first time since they failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup.

"We don't have time to dwell on the frustration, we need to move on," Deschamps told a news conference at the Stade de France on Monday.

"The risk is there but we must play an outstanding game. We must surpass ourselves but keep control of the match."

Captain Hugo Lloris said the team were feeling "serene" despite the two-goal deficit.

"There is not much to change in preparation," he said. "We've go our backs against the wall with a two-goal deficit. We're well aware of that."

To overturn the situation, France must produce something out of the ordinary.

"Without madness there will be no success," said Lloris.   Continued...

France's national soccer team head coach Didier Deschamps attends a news conference at Stade de France's stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Charles Platiau