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Isaac Mcdaniel | 30 June, 2018, 09:26

After Argentina's victory over Nigeria, Sampaoli headed to the dressing room without celebrating alongside his players, but Lionel Messi went over to hug his coach before he departed in a show of unity with the under-fire manager. "They also have [Barcelona] team-mates whom I know well".

Two-time winners Argentina endured a helter-skelter group stage which saw talisman Messi misfire in the opening game draw against Iceland - in which he missed a penalty - before the Barcelona man was largely anonymous in the 3-0 thrashing by Croatia.

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

'There has been a lot of excitement (in the French camp), because Argentina are a major contender, with great players and many supporters in the stadium. France barely topped Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-0) in their first two matches, and finished things off with a boring scoreless draw against Denmark where they already had qualified.

Argentina have won the World Cup twice (1978, 1986), France once (1998).

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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. "He's got outstanding qualities", he said, according to the Daily Express.

Remarkably, Gonzalo Higuain has not scored in his last eight matches for Argentina.Another aspect of the game will be France's capacity to prevent Messi from being fed by the opposing midfield, notably Ever Banega. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

He will also hope their defence can continue to hold firm after conceding only one goal in the group phase. He's yet to register a shot on target at this year's World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch. "But it's not how you characterised it, we had several options in attack and I was just communicating to him that we'd be using one of the strategies that we'd rehearsed". Argentina appears to have righted its ship and the experience its squad contains will carry it past the young, talented France squad.

"We want to control the game throughout, if we don't I am sure it will become a very physical game, which will not suit us at all".

But the 58-year-old coach, speaking on the eve of Saturday's clash with France at the Kazan Arena, said the incident had been misinterpreted. "France are a very good team with very good individual players".

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