Ribery not out for revenge
Franck Ribery insists revenge will not be a motivating factor when France play England following his Champions League heartbreak.
Last Updated: 03/06/12 5:42pm
Franck Ribery insists revenge will not be a motivating factor when France play England as he continues to recover from Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League heartbreak.
The French winger was part of the Bayern side beaten on penalties by Chelsea earlier this month and he is now preparing for Euro 2012.
France meet England in their opening game of the tournament on 11th June and he is likely to come up against several members of the Chelsea side which vanquished Bayern.
Ribery maintains that Bayern deserved to win in their own Allianz Arena ground, but is adamant that starting the European Championship with a victory will be his priority.
"It's going better now but it was difficult for three or four days after that match [against Chelsea]," said Ribery.
"We played the perfect game, at our place, we scored a goal with seven minutes left at the end, we had a penalty, we didn't score the penalty and we were at home. We deserved to win that match.
"But revenge is not important for us in the France team. It will be the same whoever we play against, Ukraine, England. We just need to win the match."
France are currently on a 19-game unbeaten run and Ribery feels the national team are now gaining more respect after surviving a scare to beat Iceland 3-2 in a friendly at the weekend.
He added: "Every time I play for the France team I haven't been relaxed. I get criticised, but what are you supposed to do? I want to do it but that doesn't change anything.
"It's been a long time since the Stade de France chanted my name so it was good to have that support on Sunday.
"More and more now this France team is gaining more and more respect. We've noticed that over the past 19 games we've had without losing."