Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr believes Nigeria’s game against Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup will be a different ball game from the 4-2 friendly win against the South American side.
According to him, Argentina now
understands how his team plays as
against when Jorge Sampaoli’s men were surprisingly beaten 4-2 by Nigeria in friendly last month.
Nigeria have been drawn in Group D at the World Cup alongside Argentina,Iceland and Croatia.
The Super Eagles start their campaign against Croatia before their facing Iceland and Argentina subsequently.
And according to Rohr, Group D is filled with good teams.
However, the German tactician has
called for quality friendly games for his team, before the World Cup starts in June 2018.
Reacting after the World cup draw was held, Rohr said: “We have good teams in our group and we have three teams supposed to be better than us because they are higher in the FIFA ranking.
“We have to prepare well before our first game against Croatia as it would be interesting to have good friendlies. We know that Argentina is a very good team but we know them a little bit but now
they know how we are playing too.
They will also be playing with Messi this time.
“Iceland is also a very good team and they are very physical. They have the best fans in Europe. But I believe our last game against Argentina in the group will
be the final for qualification.”
Nigeria’s Super Eagles for the fifth time will be playing Argentina at the 2018 World cup in Russia.
Recall that Nigeria had played against Argentina at the 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cup editions, with the South American getting the better of the African nation on all four occasions.
But this time, Gernot Rohr’s men will be seeking revenge against the Argentine team, as they will also compete against Croatia and Iceland in Group D.