Laurent Koscielny will make his Euro 2012 debut on Saturday evening when France take on defending champions Spain.
And the Arsenal man is looking forward to the task of shackling the Spanish, likely to include former teammate Cesc Fabregas.
“Many only dream of making their first game against the world champions,” he said. “This is an exciting game to play and I feel good. There will be no worries.
“I know Torres having played in England. We know the Spanish collective. At times, there is no one in the axis then in 2 or 3 passes, 3 or 4 players arrive. I think it is their collective work will put us in trouble.”
Koscielny will partner Valencia’s Adil Rami in the centre of the defence and is sure the two will work well together
“We played a game and a half together and it went well. We try to communicate a lot on the pitch. We know our respective qualities.”
France go into the game with yet more dressing room disruption at a major tournament. There are reports this morning of a bust-up between Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa and coach Laurent Blanc, while nobody will be at all surprised to hear that Samir Nasri was allegedly involved in a ‘difference’ with Alou Diarra.
Koscielny is keen to play down problems, choosing instead to focus on football matters and the team’s good record before the defeat to Sweden.
“If things are said in the dressing room, it will stay in the dressing room. There are things to say, everyone knows it, but let’s not wipe everything out. We were undefeated for 20 games.”4,812 views