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Euro2016: France will have to ‘outdo ourselves’ to beat Germany - Lloris

France captain Hugo Lloris is well aware of the task in front of he and his national teammates.

Les Bleus meet reigning World champions Germany in the Euro2016 semi-final in Marseille on Thursday night and goalkeeper Lloris knows very well that to beat Joachim Low's side, the French will have to be at the very top of their game.

"Regardless of the formation or personnel, it will be very important to believe in our chances of going through," said the Tottenham star.

"We are going to have to outdo ourselves altogether to pull off this feat, but I do feel we're ready to do that.

"I don't know if it is because we're the host nation, but there is something deep within us that has been steering us from the outset, and we really want to go as far as possible, really pushing back the boundaries."

Lloris added: "Mental strength really will be important tomorrow. It's a semi-final, we're very close to the end of the competition so people are tired, and ultimately the head will take over.

"We need energy at this stage of the competition, a semi-final is a big step against the World Cup winner. At this moment of the competition, the mentality is very, very important. It can make the difference."

Andrew Slevison
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