KAZAN, June 29 (Sputnik) - France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris said Friday that his teammate forward Kylian Mbappe was a great player, but he still could not be compared to Argentina forward and captain Messi.
Group C winners France will take on Argentina in their round of 16 match, which will be played in Kazan on Saturday.
"So, Mbappe is compared to Messi? Messi is a unique player. He can't be compared to anyone. Kylain Mbappe is a great player, and I think he'll have more free time and space in the Argentina match than he had in the previous matches. Pressure... increases, there's almost no room for mistakes. Mbappe is one of the players who can produce results, and I hope he'll do it tomorrow," Lloris told journalists.
He added that his side had to show an "amazing" performance in the Argentina match in order to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.