Thu 15 December 2022 | 14:06

Griezmann says facing Messi in World Cup final 'a totally different proposition'

France star Antoine Griezmann believes playing against Lionel Messi in the World Cup final is a totally different proposition.


will face


in the

2022 World Cup

final on Sunday at Lusail Stadium. France could become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup.

Lionel Messi with his goal against Croatia become Argentina's top World Cup goalscorer and is set to become the tournament's highest all-time appearance holder in the final.

After the game against Morocco, Griezmann said Argentina is in top form and he expects a tough game against Messi’s side.

"Any team with Messi in is a totally different proposition,"

Griezmann told reporters at his post-match news 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 get back to working tomorrow and see how we can hurt them, we will be well prepared."

France beat Argentina 4-3 in  the 2018 World Cup last 16 round. Deschamps said Argentina is a different side compared to four years ago.

"Lionel Messi has been in scintillating form since the beginning of the tournament,"

Deschamps said.

"Four years ago, things were different of course.

"He actually played as a centre-forward against us then, which caught us by surprise. Now he is playing in a tandem just behind the centre-forward.

"He is picking up the ball, running with it and looking in great form. He is one of the best players in the world and he has shown that.

"We are going to try and counter Messi’s threat and try to stop him influencing the game. Of course, Argentina are going to do the same to my players and they are a different side to the one we faced four years ago."

source: SportMob

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