After scraping through the group stages, Lionel Messi's objective is clear: to refind something like his best form and lead his country to World Cup glory. We should make all of the effort possible and leave the pitch without regretting anything because each pass, kick or throw-in may be the last in the competition, ' the Tottenham player said.
The match will be held at Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia.
The tone of Argentina's so far ragged bid for the title was set when Messi missed a penalty in the shock opening 1-1 draw with Iceland.
However, the Albiceleste have Messi, the top scorer in team history and one of the most successful players in the history of the game. The doors are open for every one of them... We have a leader who's always thinking of winning.
The Round of 16 matches will kick-off at 10 a.m. eastern time when Argentina is scheduled to take on France. 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.
Didier Deschamps made several changes for the final group game against Denmark, but will revert to his strongest XI for this clash. Only Mbappe and Di Maria are likely to start, though.
Umtiti, is expected to paired Real Madrid's Raphael Varane in the heart of the French defence line, should be handed the huge task of keeping the five-time Ballon dor victor quiet during the encounter. "You only have to look at his statistics - 65 goals from 127 matches - to know everything".
"We looked at different options in an important game and had to make a decision". On the other hand, you have an Argentinian attack with so much quality that Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala regularly find themselves on the bench.
If we talk about expectations, we might as well not mention Argentina at all. And they won't have to face Germany, which has knocked them out of the last three World Cups.
Argentina go into the game with history on their side, having won six of the 11 meetings between the two teams (with two French wins and three draws). Well, fear not. Normal life, a functioning circadian rhythm, and conversations about the weather can be shelved for another day because today we will be served more glorious World Cup football.