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World Cup: "It's Argentina-France, not Messi against Mbappé", insists Scaloni before facing the Blues in the final


The Argentine coach takes stock on the eve of the final against the France team on Sunday, in Lusail.

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Stopping Kylian Mbappé

 : “

It's teamwork, not individual.

Mbappé, a very great player, but there are others also in this team who make him even better as a player… He is one of the great players, he is young, he will still improve…

A moment to live

: “

I am proud, enthusiastic to live this moment, these are moments that we must take advantage of, we are just before the final, the most important thing is the progress made.

We must take advantage of this match, with the great players and share with the family.

It's incredible to experience this with the selection.

We must take advantage.

When we profit, we approach things in a different way.


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Assessment after four years at the head of the selection

 : “

From the first day, we wanted to ensure that the team shines and gives the opportunity to all Argentines to wear this jersey.

It's up to us to raise the bar.

We have selected good players for four years and we have created this incredible team, they give everything on the pitch, and that is our greatest success.

We obviously want to win and when we win, everything is more beautiful.

But even when it doesn't work, we continue to trust the team.

The disappointment of the 2019 Copa America helped us.

We knew the players would show determination.



: “

The match is Argentina-France.

Messi and Mbappé have their weapons but it will not only be in the hands of these players.

We hope it will be in our favor it will be Argentina-France, with decisive players on both sides.


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Argentinian fans who can't find a ticket in Doha

 : “

I'm sorry if they can't all attend the final, unfortunately it's not our responsibility.

To see them here without being sure of having a ticket, it's in any case incredible… I hope that most of them will be present to communicate their joy to us, but we can't decide.


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The virus among the Blues

 : “

I don't know… This is information that we follow like you.

We are preparing our match on a tactical level.

We don't have any more info than you.



: “

We have a very clear plan for the match, having studied the strengths of both teams.

It's the same thing as against the Netherlands: if we have TAB, we will have to choose the best shooters.


Football is more than a sport in Argentina.

Lionel Scaloni

His emotion and his tears after the qualification of Argentina

 : “

It's part of my emotion, of our culture.

One expresses excitement, enthusiasm, joy.

We have the best supporters in the world.

They needed to be given this happiness.

We think we do.

We see social media.

We become emotional when faced with such images.

Football is important in Argentina.

It's more than a sport for us and the fans are important to us.

Making them happy is amazing.

It's a great emotion to see them passionate and letting themselves be carried away, the supporters who follow all over the world, in Argentina… A lot of emotion, we feel it.


France and possession

 : “

France have several ways of playing, with possession, in transition… They have very good players.

It's more than a question of possession… You have to move forward minute by minute, everything can change during a match.


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Critics at the start of his term

 : “

These are normal doubts.

Everything is amplified when you are the coach of Argentina.

I paid no attention to it and gave it my all.


Speech to the players before the match

 : “

The finals are not played, they are won. It's a final, you have to approach it like the last matches, taking into account the specificities of France.

There is not much more to the players on the psychological level.

We must not think of victory but of each duel.


Defense at four or five

: “

We still have a training session.

As for the composition of the starting XI, you may know it before my players… It's not just a question of the system.

We won't change much. We will decide on the best strategy to give the opponents a hard time.


Statements taken at a press conference

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