France have defeated Poland, England and Morocco in the knockout stages on the way to the final.Antoine Griezmann said playing against Messi is a totally different challenge.Argentina were preparing for their sixth World Cup final.
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) December 16, 2022
Before the tournement began, France would have snapped your hand off if you’d offered them a semi-final against Morocco, but with the Atlas Lions proving one of the most formidable teams in Qatar, it was a hard-fought victory for the French.
𝐴 𝑤𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑑𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑚… 💭
— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) December 15, 2022
And with the final against France likely representing the last opportunity for Messi to finally get his hands on the World Cup trophy, Griezmann acknowledged it will be a tough task to slow down La Albiceleste.
“Any team with Messi in is a totally different proposition,” Griezmann told reporters at a press conference. “All of the matches we have seen Argentina play, we know how they play – they are difficult.
“They seem to be on top form, there isn’t only Messi – they have a strong side around him. We know it is going to be a tough game and they are going to have the support of the crowd.”We will train hard and] see how we can hurt them, we will be well prepared.”
France and Argentina played out a seven-goal thriller at the 2018 World Cup, with Les Bleus’ 4-3 triumph sending them on to eventual glory.