Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

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Messi, his World Cup legacy and Argentina's over-reliance on the Barcelona forward, however, have dominated the narrative leading into Saturday's clash at Kazan Arena.

Either France's or Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign will end in disappointment. The most important one is the presence of Cristian Pavon in place of Gonzalo Higuain, as part of a tactical change that will feature Lionel Messi on a "False 9" role.

Messi opened the scoring in a 2-1 defeat of Nigeria that sent Argentina through to the knockout rounds, Sampaoli's side bouncing back from a 3-0 thumping dealt out by Croatia.

The model also knows Argentina didn't qualify for the Round of 16 until the final minutes of its third game. Sampaoli came under huge fire after Argentina drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first match in Russian Federation and were thrashed 3-0 in their second by Croatia, all amid reports of unrest in their camp.

Lloris refused to be drawn on comparisons between the talismanic Messi and France's prodigious winger Kylian Mbappe. I didn't expect that from him because he already won everything. 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. 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. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

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The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978. France have failed to click as their star-studded attack still struggles to gel as they have only scored three goals in three games. This move would also allow France to accommodate another player instead of Giroud.

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really.

"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers", a UK Daily Mail report, quoted Umtiti as saying.

The coach said France's characteristics of quick ball recovery and pace on the break through Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud would make them particularly unsafe if Argentina were unable to dominate possession.

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