France Star Feels Sorry For Lionel Messi

Jun 30, 2018, 06:45
France Star Feels Sorry For Lionel Messi

A 1-0 win for Argentina at the 1930 World Cup, and a 2-1 Argentina win in the 1978 tournament.

Lloris said his team was only looking ahead, however.

Two-time winners Argentina endured a helter-skelter group stage which saw talisman Messi misfire in the opening game draw against Iceland - in which he missed a penalty - before the Barcelona man was largely anonymous in the 3-0 thrashing by Croatia. "We will go on the pitch with confidence and it will be a motivated team willing to win", Sampaoli told journalists. 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. On one hand, they have one of the most talented squads in the competition and should be considered a contender even if their play does not live up to the expectations.

There will be a selection headache for Sampaoli (or Messi) up front, as Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero all compete for the starting birth.

It took a great touch of control, following a superb pass from teammate Ever Banega, for Messi to finally open his account in Russian Federation in the 2-1 win over Nigeria only sealed by Marcos Rojo's 86th minute volley. We have a leader who's always thinking of winning. Lionel Messi's roaring back to form in the final group match would be giving sleepless nights to France coach Didier Deschamps while he will be simultaneously praying for his team to fire all cylinders in the upcoming match.

Speaking about the specific threat from five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi, Deschamps said in Kazan on Friday: "Messi is Messi..." It is very hard to stop him.

Sampaoli was unstinting in his praise of Messi, describing him as "the best player in the world" and a "genius", but preferred to focus more on the display he expected from his whole team on Saturday.

"We are talking about training a good set of professionals".

However, he also thought that it was more than just Messi who could punish the French.

Speaking at a prematch news conference in Kazan, where France started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Australia, Deschamps rejected the idea that his young side silencing Messi this weekend would be enough to defeat La Albiceleste.

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