Hernandez insists Messi doesn’t hold any fear for France and claims they won’t give up their trophy without a fight.
Theo Hernandez admits that Argentina star Lionel Messi doesn’t scare France as both sides will lock horns in the final of FIFA World Cup final 2022.
Les Bleus booked their place in a second successive final with a 2-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday, leaving them just one win away from becoming the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962.
On the other hand, Argentina secured their berth in the final after 2014 and the credit goes to Messi who has been outstanding for the nation with five goals so far. Fans believe that he will finally lift the one major trophy to elude him in his glittering career to date.
Hernandez who scored one of France’s two goals in the semi-final victory over Morocco – insists Messi doesn’t hold any fear for Didier Deschamps’ men and claims they won’t give up their trophy without a fight.
“Playing two World Cup finals in a row is an incredible moment. We did a good job, it was hard, but we are in the final,” said Hernandez to Italian station RAI Sport after the semi-final win. “We will work hard to win this final.
“Now we have to think about the final. I’m tired, but it’s nice to win a World Cup semi-final. Now let’s recover for Sunday. Messi doesn’t scare us, Argentina are an incredible team but we have a few days to work.”
France have their own talisman in Kylian Mbappe who has also played along with Messi in PSG. He has netted five goals so far in the World Cup 2022 and looking forward to winning the Golden Boot award.
Les Bleus boss Deschamps was proud of his team for overcoming a well-drilled opponent, even though France were heavy favourites.
Deschamps said: “This victory arouses emotion and pride. Today was a very important match.
“We’ve been together with the players for a month now, it’s never easy and we’ve also had luck so far, the players have been rewarded as a team and we’ll look for the title Sunday. It’s wonderful”.
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