Willy Sagnol has hit-back at France's Euro 2008 critics, insisting success takes priority over style.
Les Bleus have come in for criticism following their uninspiring stalemate with Romania in Group C's opener on Monday.
And it has been suggested Raymond Domenech's side could be struggling to qualify from this year's 'Group of Death' as they prepare for Friday's clash with Holland and their meeting with world champions Italy on 17th June.
However, defender Sagnol is adamant France, who reached the 2006 World Cup final, will still progress to the quarter-finals.
"What's the most important thing, the show or the result?" said Sagnol.
"In the 2006 World Cup, we weren't the most spectacular team and neither were Italy, but both of us got to the final.
"I remember in that World Cup, Spain and Argentina were spectacular in the group stages and then they collapsed in the second phase.
"We hear the same things time and again, especially in France. But we are trying to work on this and be less shy in the next few matches.
"Maybe it is better to have a slow start and improve. At one point or another, we will find the net because we haven't much time."
"We know that whatever the result is on Friday, we won't qualify or be eliminated.
"We are not in big danger - a victory over Romania would have made it easier for us but over the past few years, we have been used to getting off to bad starts."