Hugo Lloris warns France against huge Lionel Messi mistake on eve of World Cup 2022 final against Argentina

Messi arrives at Sunday’s masterpiece at the Lusail Iconic Stadium as the tournament’s top scorer and with the aim of finally winning the only football grand prix that has eluded him so far, in what will be his last World Cup appearance.

The 35-year-old lost the 2014 final, while Lloris is bidding to become the first man to captain a team to two World Cups after France won in Russia four years ago.

The Tottenham goalkeeper said: “I think it’s a mistake to be focused on just one player. It’s a final between two great nations, Argentina and France.”

“When you face that type of player [like Messi] You need a special focus on him, but it’s not just about him, it’s a strong team with a lot of talented players, a young generation of players and you can feel that everyone is dedicated to trying to win.”

There is a feeling that most of the world is rooting for Messi to finally get his hands on the trophy, leaving France as the potential villains of the piece.

Final warning: Hugo Lloris knows that France cannot afford to focus only on Lionel Messi / AFP via Getty Images

Lloris added: “As long as we have the support of our fans and we know that the French are behind us, nothing else really matters.

“Of course we know what Lionel Messi means in football history, but this is a match between France and Argentina. There are some very talented players on both teams.”

France’s preparations have been interrupted by a disease virus. that has taken camp by storm, with Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano missing out on Wednesday’s semi-final win over Morocco.

The pair returned to training on Friday, but Kingsley Coman, Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate were forced to work separately due to illness, while Theo Hernández and Aurelien Tchouameni were also absent due to blows.

“I haven’t heard from last night because everyone was in their rooms this morning when I got up for breakfast, so I haven’t seen anyone yet,” said Lloris, speaking at a pre-match press conference. conference on Saturday morning here in Doha.

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