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

Antoine Griezmann apologises for France performance against Denmark

Antoine Griezmann apologises for France performance against Denmark

Manager Jorge Sampaoli came under heavy pressure after naming very different line-ups and formations during the draw with Iceland and 3-0 defeat against Croatia.

As France look to underperforming striker Antoine Griezmann to lift his game, Sampaoli underlined a bigger threat in 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Kylian Mbappe, who struck France's match victor in a 1-0 win over Peru, and 21-year-old Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

But while Messi can rely on a reliable Luis Suarez at Barca, he is a bit more on his own with Argentina, with Gonzalo Higuain having notably not scored in his last eight outings with the national team.

Captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris backed Griezmann to make his mark at the tournament.

"I see him everyday".

Deschamps said full back Benjamin Mendy had been ruled out with a "small muscle injury". "He's got outstanding qualities", he said, according to the Daily Express.

Argentina lead 6-3 against France in worldwide tournaments including the World Cup and friendlies.

FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match will take place on Saturday, June 30.

France will look to keep Messi quiet with three defenders - Samuel Umtiti, Raphaël Varane and Lucas Hernandez - familiar with him from La Liga and the most salient point in Deschamps' show of monotony came when he was invited to reflect on whether such knowledge may count in their favour.

The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978.

Argentina's talisman burst into life against Nigeria, scoring a brilliant goal in a 2-1 win to help the Albiceleste seal qualification after a disastrous start to the tournament.

The knockout stage will begin on Saturday, with France facing Argentina in Kazan and Uruguay playing Portugal in Sochi. On the performances so far these are the two sides I can't see winning it.

Neither Argentina or France have looked impressive as of yet but surely they will turn it on for the knockouts?

"I'm not looking for excuses", he said.

"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. They look like a exhausted team and that's why I'm going for France.

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