France coach Didier Deschamps said his side should do their best to minimise Argentina captain's contribution in their upcoming FIFA World Cup encounter, which will be held in Kazan on Sunday (12am AEST).
Deschamps said: "Messi is Messi. Just take a look at his amazing statistics. We'd like to block him tomorrow, but he can decide the match in just one moment, he doesn't need many chances and much time. We need to do our best to minimize his contribution to Argentina's performance. We're a young team... But we'll do anything to play well in the round of 16."
The 49-year-old Frenchman added that it was impossible to predict Messi's action, as "one spark" was enough for him to "turn the game upside down," but Argentina's strategy was still not based on Messi exclusively.
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.