The Euro 2016 starts tomorrow and France kicks it all off against Romania and Captain Hugo Lloris is super charged for the occasion but doesn’t believe in the hype that the Les Bleus are massive favourites for the title.
Les Bleus, who are ahead of world champions Germany and holders Spain in the betting, take on Romania in the tournament’s opening game on Friday at the Stade de France, before two more Group A games against Switzerland and Albania.
“Things start in earnest tomorrow,” Lloris told a news conference. “We don’t feel like favourites. We’ve done nothing, we’ve proved nothing.”
France qualified as hosts for the June 10-July 10 finals and have played only friendlies since being knocked out of the 2014 World Cup by eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.
“It’s good for our confidence, and we also have a little supplement by playing at home,” said Lloris.
France have scored 13 goals in their last four matches France and nine of their last 10 with their only defeat being a 2-0 loss against England at Wembley four days after the Islamic State’s Paris attacks killed 130 people last November.