Keep ball, stop Ribery - Spain's French recipe

21 June 2012 03:17

Spain have a deceptively simple recipe to knock France out of Saturday's Euro 2012 quarter-final in Donetsk: Keep possession and smother dangerman Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez explained Thursday.

Athletic Bilbao star Martinez insisted the key is "to get the ball off them."

He explained: "Since Laurent Blanc arrived they have greater touch yet also more aggressivity.

"We shall have to impose our style and play our possession game. Both sides will be trying to get the ball and the key will be to get it off them," said the 23-year-old.

Source: AFP

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