Umtiti reveals difference between Messi at Barcelona, Argentina

Umtiti believes Barcelona's Messi is not the same in Argentina

"I dream of an Argentina that plays with passion but also dominates with the football", he said.

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.

But, he added: "Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we're going to attack from kick-off". "'Plan' is a big word, but of course we will try to limit his influence".

France will be banking on Argentina's defensive struggles after the South Americans conceded five goals in three matches, notably losing 3-0 to Croatia.

"Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi", said the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship-winning former captain.

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Much has been made of Messi's influence on the Argentina side, but France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rejected suggestions they were a one-man outfit.

France haven't beaten La Albiceleste since 1986, and the teams' two World Cup encounters to date have both ended in favor of Argentina - who won 1-0 in 1930 and 2-1 in 1978, both times en route to the final.

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

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Argentina lead 6-3 against France in global tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies. Simply put, the Frenchman hasn't been scoring goals and he brings very little to the table apart from that.

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This World Cup notwithstanding, France has lost just once in its last 15 matches.

The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup fixture is 2. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an global friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0. On one hand, you have the French, boasting probably the most talented team in the tournament - a squad so deep that they had to leave out the likes of Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette.

"Honestly, I have not decided yet on the starting lineup". I've seen something from France that tells me they could click at some point, however, I look at Argentina and they are an old team.

Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on France and Argentina.

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