Hugo Lloris focusing on mental strength ahead of France's quarter-final with Iceland

The French captain has revealed what he thinks can make the difference as his side bid to make the last four.

Hugo Lloris focusing on mental strength ahead of France's quarter-final with Iceland
Lloris in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game (photo: UEFA)

Hugo Lloris has explained that he thinks mental strength will be key for France, as they bid to make the last four of Euro 2016 with a win against Iceland in the quarter-final on Sunday evening.

Lloris, who has only conceded twice at the tournament so far, will lead his side out against the small nation, as they hope to avoid being upset by the side who so valiantly knocked out England on Monday. 

In turn, they'd be setting up a semi-final clash with either Italy or Germany, the contestant's of tonight's match, in the hope of meeting Wales or Portugal in the final of the tournament.

Iceland praised by Lloris, who says France must show mental strength

However, Lloris isn't looking further ahead than Sunday's game, explaining in the build up that they're wary of Iceland, labelling them "a strong, compact unit showing plenty of solidarity".

With Iceland having made it this far and Wales already through to a semi-final, it really has been the tournament of the underdog, with the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper admitting "there have been surprises from the outset of this tournament"

France must be wary of Iceland, who knocked out England on Monday (photo: Getty Images)
France must be wary of Iceland, who knocked out England on Monday (photo: Getty Images)

Possibly referring to the likes of Spain and Belgium, Lloris spoke of how "the sides who have played the best football are not necessarily in the competition anymore", adding that he believes the most important factor now is "team mindset"

"A team's mental strength can make the difference", said Lloris, adding that France must "focus on that" if they're to progress further, as is expected.

Late goals and comebacks have been part of progression

It could be argued that France have already showed a strong mindset this summer, as they scored late goals in each of their first two group games to take maximum points, before coming from behind against the Republic of Ireland in the last 16.

"That's very French, I would say", quipped Lloris - referring to the late wins. He added that from his view, it's "not a great problem to not have a great start", as the really important thing is "achieving the result you want".

Lloris and co will be hoping to do that come Sunday, with a nation behind them.