#FRAARG: “How We Stopped Messi In The World Cup Last 16” – France Coach Reveals


France Coach, Didier Deschamps, has revealed how his team managed to stop Argentine professional footballer, Lionel Messi, in the FIFA World Cup last 16. France progressed to the quarter-finals yesterday after defeating Argentina 4-3 and will now be facing Uruguay in their next match.

Didier Deschamps said, “I think my Argentinian counterpart wanted to give him more freedom to come behind our central midfielders, but we adapted to neutralise him.[N’Golo] Kante was always marking him. We had two chances; stopping him getting on the ball, which we did a lot, and when he had it we had to have one on him and one just off him.

“He was subject to a unique vigilance. We knew the connection between [Javier] Mascherano, [Ever] Banega and Messi, if you want Messi to have less influence you have to block the other two.”

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