France have various alternatives to constrain Lionel Messi’s impact in their round of 16 clash against Argentina however they are also resigned that he could turn the match in a moment, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.
Messi still can’t seem to illuminate the World Cup in a stuttering Argentina side yet his clinical strike in the 2-1 prevail upon Nigeria underlined the peril the Barcelona forward will exhibit Deschamp’s side at the Kazan Arena on Saturday.
“Messi will be Messi, take a gander at his insights, 65 goals in 127 matches,” Deschamps told reporters at the stadium.
“It’s clear, ideally we might want to neutralize him however we know exceptionally well he can make the difference with very little.
“When you play Argentina and Messi on the pitch there are a few answers for limit his effect.”
France will hope to boss the midfield in an offer to confine supply to the lethal 31-year-old, who has attempted to force himself in the competition, and expectation their defense can keep on holding firm in the wake of yielding just a single goal in the group stage.
Deschamps said full back Benjamin Mendy, who returned as a second half substitute in the 0-0 draw against Denmark subsequent to missing the opening match against Australia and France, had been ruled out with a “little muscle damage”.
France may confront more questions up forward, however, where their variety of attacking talents still can’t seem to command.
Striker Antoine Griezmann is feeling the pressure to perform in the wake of being off the pace in the dull Denmark draw, and he has just got on the scoresheet with a penalty in the opening 2-1 prevail upon Australia.
Captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris sponsored Griezmann to make his mark at the competition.
“It is typical that there are desires around Antoine,” said Lloris.
“He’s one of the best players, he’s completed a major Euro competition and has a craving for being one of the great players of this World Cup.”