Gernot Rohr says his team will be in full concentration against Argentina Today when they meet in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D match, My Nation News reports.
The Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser said at a pre-match press conference on Monday that “Nigeria will play total football with an intense attack against Argentina’’ in the match at St. Petersburg.
“We are going to play a wonderful mass attack. We are going to play a good game on Tuesday. We are going to defend the colors of Nigeria.
“We will focus on our game, as we are not concerned about Lionel Messi’s skills, even though he is a good player.
“In football, there is no mercy. So, we will not show any mercy for the Argentina team,” he said.
Speaking on if Ahmed Musa will start against Argentina, the Super Eagles coach said the player is good and deserves to play.
“He had a wonderful outing against Iceland. I hope he will do it again. Last year when he was not playing at club level, we had difficulties with his performance.
“I came to Russia to monitor and watch him in Moscow, but now he is hot. He is going to play against Argentina,” he said.
Rohr promised to hold on to the 3-5-2 formation which silenced Iceland and assured of team captain Mikel Obi’s fitness for the game despite his hand injury.
“Mikel’s injury is not too serious, and I promise you that he will be on duty on Tuesday as the team’s captain.’’
Rohr promised to work on the Eagles to take advantage of set-pieces and score, a failure which has been the bane of most African teams at the tournament.