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Deschamps: "We don't have any specific plan to stop Messi"

30 June, 2018, 09:26 | Author: Rachael Silva
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His club teammate Samuel Umtiti, however, believes that Messi is different from the player he is for Barcelona. "If they want to qualify for the quarter-finals, they must neutralize Lionel Messi, the cornerstone of Argentina". France enters this marquee matchup at +135 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on a French victory to win $135.

Much has been made of Messi's influence on the Argentina side, but France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rejected suggestions they were a one-man outfit. With the talent Messi has, sometimes there is not a great deal you can do because he is so unpredictable.

"They've won the World Cup in the past so it will be a big, hard match and we'll have to step up our level".

"As we said, this is a new tournament that begins, and I think we have to depend on our collective strength, on a defensive solidity and we know our attacking potential", Lloris added.

But despite their inability to find their rhythm as a team, they have more than enough players to win them games on individual quality and their first two games are a testament of that and this could help them to have a good run in the tournament. Since then, France are unbeaten in eight World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W4 D4). Les Bleus have conceded just one goal in the tournament in Russian Federation and that came on a penalty kick.


"He is different with Argentina than with Barcelona", Umtiti said during the lead-up to the Round of 16 match, according to Reuters.

FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina will take place at Kazan Arena, Kazan.

Some fans jeered and others probably dozed off when Les Bleus drew 0-0 with Denmark to finish top of Group C while Argentina thrilled their fans with Messi scoring a superb goal as his team scraped into the knockout phase by beating Nigeria. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0). Even though the numbers look quite solid (two wins in three matches and only goal conceded), the stats do not tell the whole story.

France's team, whose average age is 25, will be looking to awake from their recent slumber and Sampaoli, whose side's average age is 30, underlined the danger of allowing the France to dictate play. In comparison, France is a young team, that's not an excuse, just the reality although that is not going to stop us from being competitive.

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