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We can limit ‘outstanding’ Messi, says France coach Deschamps

We can limit ‘outstanding’ Messi, says France coach Deschamps

However, the Albiceleste have Messi, the top scorer in team history and one of the most successful players in the history of the game. Hugo Lloris, taking the floor before Deschamps, had been a fittingly stiff warm-up act but he did point to the potential impact of another France forward, Kylian Mbappé, whose early-career exploits have drawn inevitable comparisons with Messi. France barely topped Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0) in their first two matches, and finished things off with a boring scoreless draw against Denmark where they already had qualified.

How do I watch online live streaming of the FIFA World Cup 2018 France vs Argentina Round of 16 match? With the pressure on against Nigeria, Messi finally produced a sublime opening goal to give his team the lead early on, although the Argentinians still needed a late victor from the unlikely source of defender Marcos Rojo to scrape into second place.

The Round of 16 matches will kick-off at 10 a.m. eastern time when Argentina is scheduled to take on France.

Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002.

After scraping through the group stages, Lionel Messi's objective is clear: to refind something like his best form and lead his country to World Cup glory. In the three group stage games, they managed to score only three goals and their final game against Denmark ended in a goal-less draw.

"I dream of an Argentina that plays with passion but also dominates with the football", he said. He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.

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"We have two completely different styles but I have faith we will impose our own style and dictate the pace and rhythm of the game".

"I see him everyday".

France will look to boss the midfield in a bid to limit supply to the lethal 31-year-old, who has struggled to impose himself in the tournament.

"Messi is Messi, look at his stats, 65 goals in 127 matches (for Argentina), we would like to mark and neutralize him", France coach Deschamps told reporters Friday, ahead of the clash in Kazan.

Thus it would be an interesting tie because both of them are big heavyweights in the tournament, France have quality in all departments, whereas for Argentina even substitutions are made by asking Leo Messi. "France are a very good team with very good individual players".


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