Les Bleus fight for fans' forgiveness

Manchester City's Samir Nasri wishes to do well at Euro 2012 to make up for France's disgraceful performance at the previous World Cup.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Despite finishing runners-up in 2006, France failed to make it past the group stages of World Cup 2010 in South Africa. 

Under then manager Raymond Domenech, Les Bleus put on several uninspired performances, with personal disagreements among playing staff coming to a boil at the tournament, which resulted in training boycotts and well-publicised bust-ups. The behaviour and under-performance of the French national team was considered a stain on the reputation of the illustrious footballing nation. It led to the resignation of the president of the country's football federation and the sacking of Domenech.

Although Nasri was not part of the squad that took part at World Cup 2010, he revealed that the current national team feel remorse for what the previous squad had done. The midfielder is determined to achieve a better showing at Euro 2012, as he hopes to win back some of the supporters Les Bleus have lost. 

"You know, in France the image of the national team is really bad, so we've tried for two years to work on that," Nasri said to the Daily Mail.

It's now 23 games that we're unbeaten and we're trying to show everybody something different, that we are not just like players with huge egos and big heads. I don't think the fans have forgiven us, but we will do everything to be forgiven."

France sit atop of Group D, tied at four points with England, though they remain favourites to make the knock-out stages ahead of the Three Lions. Several observers have labelled France as dark horses to win Euro 2012, but Nasri considers a victorious World Cup campaign to be more likely.

"Winning this will be difficult. We are trying to build something to be ready for the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil," he stated.



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