Sampaoli Upbeat About Argentina’s Chances Against France, Explains Aguero Substitution Vs Nigeria

Tyler Owen
June 30, 2018

However, early reports suggest as though none of the two 'No.9's will be selected from the off against France, with Messi set to return to the false nine role he made his own during his illustrious spell playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, where he transformed into a complete and utter phenomenon.

France's defenders who play at Spanish clubs: By that do you mean that our three defenders who play in LaLiga (Varane, Umtiti and Hernández) and who know Messi could be a factor in our favour?

But, he added: "Argentina will play an aggressive style of football, we're going to attack from kick-off".

It's a courageous call from a man who hasn't set the world alight since taking the Argentina job, but we'll have to wait and see whether it pays off at 3pm tomorrow.

Argentina have won their two World Cup encounters with France, back in 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1).

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) reacts after Croatia scored their third goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on June 21, 2018.

Aguero, meanwhile, will continue to pay for his dig at Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli by taking a spot on the substitutes bench again. Argentina had a roller-coaster ride in the group stages as unusual tactics, ineffectual play, an unpopular manager and frightful chemistry saw them only pick up one point from their first two games.

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There will be no World Cup matches on Friday, with the Round of 16 scheduled to start Saturday evening, Thailand time. Both teams have scored eight goals and conceded two in the opening group games, putting them completely level.

"I'm sure I will soon get to the level everybody expects me to be at", said Griezmann. He's got outstanding qualities.

Where is the FIFA World Cup 2018 France v/s Argentina match? On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

Di Maria is yet to score in Russian Federation but does have 19 worldwide goals. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

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

"We will try to stop him but he's not the only one in this Argentina team, they have other strikers".

This game sounds like an absolute cracker but, if I'm being honest, it's not really. They look side to side, like a human. La Albiceleste has been under heavy scrutiny during the current World Cup campaign - and for good measure, considering how poor the team has been.

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