Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Sampaoli: No decision on Argentina's starting XI for France clash

Sampaoli: No decision on Argentina's starting XI for France clash

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal against Nigeria at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in St Petersburg June 26, 2018.

"They have had hard times and still have been able to qualify".

With an impressive arsenal of attacking weapons with Kylian Mbappe, Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir and Olivier Giroud, Les Bleus, on paper, can strike at any time even if only Griezmann - a penalty - and Mbappe have scored so far.

While France's setup appears to have struggled to get their best out a star-studded squad, Argentina nearly went off the rails entirely with reports that Messi and Javier Mascherano are calling the shots.

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"The Argentinians are tough on him, but he can not do everything on his own".

If we talk about expectations, we might as well not mention Argentina at all. 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. Nearly getting crashed out of the tournament, a late victor from Marcos Rojo against Nigeria gave Argentina a ticket into the knockout level. La Albiceleste has been under heavy scrutiny during the current World Cup campaign - and for good measure, considering how poor the team has been.

Sampaoli has made a fair few big changes after their disappointing performances but this would be very sudden and surprising. The former Benfica and Valencia midfielder is dealing with physical problems, and will be a game-time decision. "We need to be outstanding to go ahead".

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?

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This will be their 12th meeting across all competitions.

Sergio Aguero led the line in the first two games, against Iceland and Croatia, before Gonzalo Higuain got the nod in the last group game as Argentina finally picked up three points. To make a comparison, two of Argentina's have seen over that same amount. On both occasions, they reached the final, losing it in 1930 and winning in 1978.

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