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


"You can do everything OK and fail, like Argentina in Brazil".

Instead, it's been suggested he will bring in Cristian Pavon to start the game and play Barcelona star at a false nine, giving him complete freedom of movement in attack.

It's a fearless 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.

Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy, who will be in opposite camps, are set to miss out on the starting XIs when France face Argentina at the World Cup today. The most important one is the presence of Cristian Pavon in place of Gonzalo Higuain, as part of a tactical change that will feature Lionel Messi on a "False 9" role.

The model also knows Argentina didn't qualify for the Round of 16 until the final minutes of its third game.

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.

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But he thought about the game and wanted to show me these clips. "You guys have to do your little bit". Stones says they won't change that approach due to their opponents. "We've seen a few clips", he said.

"Kylian has huge quality and potential, he's fast, explosive and needs space".

In addition, the playmaker has to cope with the expectations of his countrymen, who are banking him to come home with the World Cup, it is looking like his last opportunity to lay claim to the $20m worth trophy. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals.

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

The goal-shy Argentina we saw on Gamedays 1 and 2 will lose to France, but the hungry and confident group that beat Nigerian on Gameday 3 will beat France. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0). Simply put, the Frenchman hasn't been scoring goals and he brings very little to the table apart from that.

"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". France, however, has looked like a solid squad. In comparison, France is a young team, that's not an excuse, just the reality although that is not going to stop us from being competitive. "France are a very good team with very good individual players".