France manager Didier Deschamps has suggested that his team will have a special plan to keep Lionel Messi quiet on Sunday if the Argentina forward is passed fit to play in the World Cup final.
“We have already met him, do you remember? We will think about it,” Deschamps told TF1 when quizzed on Messi.
“Inevitably, there are precautions to be taken to limit his influence. Four years ago, we expected him to be more on the right and he was playing centre-forward.
“Now, he is a playmaker, he has more freedom, so it will be more difficult to mark him. Unless he is sick, we don’t know, I don’t wish that for him of course.”