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Deschamps and Lloris aware of Messi menace to France's World Cup dream

30 June 2018

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).

France's defenders who play at Spanish clubs: By that do you mean that our three defenders who play in LaLiga (Varane, Umtiti and Hernández) and who know Messi could be a factor in our favour?

"It's often hard to be at such a level of Leo, he's a real shining light for us all, we have to play bearing in mind his capacity, playing as close to his level as we can".

Argentina have won their two World Cup encounters with France, back in 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1).

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Aguero, meanwhile, will continue to pay for his dig at Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli by taking a spot on the substitutes bench again.

France cruised to the round of 16 stage with much ease after registering two wins and a draw in group stages while on the other hand, Argentina stuttered in the first two games but ultimately secured qualification for advanced stages by winning the final group match.

"Kylian has huge quality and potential, he's fast, explosive and needs space".

Since then, France are unbeaten in eight World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W4 D4). Well, fear not. Normal life, a functioning circadian rhythm, and conversations about the weather can be shelved for another day because today we will be served more glorious World Cup football.

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This World Cup notwithstanding, France has lost just once in its last 15 matches. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0). The Barcelona star is heating up, scoring his first goal of the 2018 World Cup against Nigeria in his squad's last match. "France are a very good team with very good individual players".

"They will try to make us make mistakes, and try to hurt us on the wings".

"We want to control the game throughout, if we don't I am sure it will become a very physical game, which will not suit us at all".

"France are known for being fast, their solid passing and moving quickly from defence to attack, and we can't let them use their speed against us", he said.

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Deschamps and Lloris aware of Messi menace to France's World Cup dream