France Star Feels Sorry For Lionel Messi

Dull Danes and flat French play out mutually beneficial 0-0 draw

Dull Danes and flat French play out mutually beneficial 0-0 draw

Argentina finally found a spark with their 4-4-2 formation versus Nigeria and are expected to stick with it against France in the Round of 16.

The footage showed Sampaoli having a discussion with Messi, before bringing on striker Sergio Aguero as a substitute during the dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria that secured Argentina's passage to the last 16.

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France are quite a tough team to analyse heading into this match.

Deschamps rejected the idea of an "anti-Messi plan" but does want his players to keep him as quiet as possible.

But with Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo racing ahead in the scoring charts on four goals so far, and England's Harry Kane on five goals in just two matches, Messi risks finishing this World Cup with a whimper.

Deschamps hopes that with Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez and Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane two of Messi's regular opponents in Spain, they may gain a slight edge.

"Situations can arise related to his position on the pitch, while his talent can obviously spark things - Messi can be unpredictable".

"I see him every day".

Umtiti, is expected to paired Real Madrid's Raphael Varane in the heart of the French defence line, should be handed the huge task of keeping the five-time Ballon dor victor quiet during the encounter. "It's true the French team needs Antoine Griezmann at the top level and he's doing everything for this to be the case". "He played 65 minutes against Denmark and that was good for him because he picked up some rhythm, some momentum".

"Kylian did more defensively in the second match, scored and could have grabbed another - there is a collective mindset when we do not have the ball, and that concerns everybody".

Samuel Umtiti is also a team-mate of Messi's at Barcelona and his knowledge may prove useful.

"Messi is unique; you can not compare another player with Messi", the Tottenham Hotspur man said.

"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.

"The higher the level, the smaller the margin for error".

"Mbappe has the potential to make the difference in hard moments".

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