Argentina are more than just Lionel Messi - France boss Deschamps

Argentina are more than just Lionel Messi - France boss Deschamps

Argentina are more than just Lionel Messi - France boss Deschamps

I didn't expect that from him because he already won everything.

Umtiti, who is paired with Real Madrid's Raphael Varane in defence, should have a key role against Messi if he is well fed by his team, which was not always the case in the group phase, which Argentina escaped with a last-gap 2-1 win against Nigeria.

"When you play Argentina and Messi on the pitch there are several solutions to limit his impact".

He said: "There is so much expectation around Messi, which I think is normal, but still I think the Argentina team has a lot to show".

Argentina lead 6-3 against France in global tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies. The South Americans hold the upper hand with six wins to two (D3), keeping a clean sheet in eight of their previous 11 encounters with the French.

Where and how to catch the live stream of France vs Argentina match? On both occasions, they reached the final, losing it in 1930 and winning in 1978.

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Six Argentina players (Ever Banega, Gabriel Mercado, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Marcos Acuna and Nicolas Otamendi) and three France players (Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso) are one booking away from a one-match ban.

French players celebrate after scoring their first goal on a penalty kick during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0).

The Barcelona legend has only managed one goal so far in Russian Federation, which came in the decisive 2-1 Group D win over Nigeria in St. Petersburg and set up the French encounter.

Lionel Messi is the third Argentinian player to have scored in three different World Cup tournaments, alongside Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002).

But Les Bleus insist they will be ready just on time for Saturday's game after a tailor-made physical preparation, with talismanic striker Antoine Griezmann expected to finally shine.In 2006, France huffed and puffed into the knockout rounds, where they beat Spain, Brazil and Portugal en route to the final.

Lloris said his team was only looking ahead, however. France, however, has looked like a solid squad.

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