Ahead of tomorrow final Group D game with Argentina in Saint Petersburg, Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that the Eagles must be on the attack against two-time world champions and assiduously take the chances that come their way.
He said even though a draw could be good for the Eagles to qualify to the round of 16, they are not thinking of playing for a draw but outright win.
“Simply put, we must take even half chances, and be on the offensive as much as possible. Perhaps, a draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw. Sometimes, when you play for a draw, you get punched in the face late in the day.
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“It will be a tough game and we must go with a tough mentality from the start to the end.”
The South Americans have been Nigeria’s perennial Nemesis at the FIFA World Cup. In five previous appearances, Nigeria have had to play Argentina in the group phase on four occasions. It was only in France 1998 that both teams ended up in different groups. Argentina have won all four just narrowly.
The match at the Zenit Arena will be Rohr’s 20th as Super Eagles Technical Adviser since taking charge in 2017, during which he has lost only two competitive games. It will be Nigeria’s 21st match at the FIFA World Cup finals, having won six and drawn three in the previous 20.