"Our group games left a mixed impression, so I would dare to say that from tomorrow it's a new start for us".
The knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup will kick off with an explosion of supernova proportions, as two of the tournament's stratospheric names go head to head for a place in the quarter finals. After scraping through the Group Stage, Argentina will face a tough challenge from France's young, balanced squad, who dominated their group to advance with little trouble.
"Ronaldo and Messi are two huge players, with a totally different style, but their influence on their teams is quite similar", Deschamps said.
The match is scheduled to get underway at 16h00. That tells you everything. "With the talent he has, the smallest thing can create a spark, his unpredictability sets him apart".
While acknowledging Messi's exceptional skills, Deschamps insisted his players will also need to focus on Argentina's other qualities, and notably Javier Mascherano's experience as a holding midfielder.
Deschamps also hopes his strikers will finally live up to expectations after a forgettable group stage to exploit Argentina's lack of defensive pace.
However, they resuscitated their campaign by snatching a late victor against Nigeria to win 2-1 in their last match and finished with four points as runner-up in Group D.
First-choice striker Antoine Griezmann has been unable to recapture his best form and the creativity has failed to flow from the midfield.
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But two years after scoring six times and making seven assists to steer France to the Euro 2016 final, Griezmann has had a quiet tournament.
His campaign so far has been more remarkable for the controversy caused by his decision to announce his commitment to Atletico Madrid, rejecting Barcelona in the process, in a 40-minute video aired on the eve of France's World Cup opener.
Deschamps expects more from the 27-year-old, and said: "He's had a hard start. the France team needs Antoine Griezmann to be at his best level, and I hope tomorrow that will be the case". Umtiti, who is expected to start at the Kazan Arena after being rested in France's last group game against Denmark, said: "I see him everyday".
However, France are now unbeaten in their last 8 games vs CONMEBOL opponents and will be looking to continue that run.
"We know Messi is great but we're confused and sad for him".
They upped their game substantially for their final match against Nigeria, changing their shape and finally being able to get a big performance from the talismanic Lionel Messi to edge out their qualification rivals 2-1; thus qualifying for the last 16, and sparking wild celebrations in the Argentina camp.
In the event, third-ranked Belgium won, adding even more firepower to the top half, while if England can get past Colombia they will fancy their chances of reaching a potential semi-final against 2010 winners Spain. "We owe it to ourselves to play our very best".