The Super Eagles Technical Adviser knows the importance of the player’s influence in the Albeceleste and has insisted that the five-time world player of the year winner won’t be man-marked during the match.
The Franco-German tactician is also aware that the Argentine captain, is managing his playing time for both club and country in other to be injury- free in the final quarter of the ongoing football season.
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Messi may not play against the Super Eagles if things go on according to plans of the South American side.
“If Argentina wins its first two games, Messi may not want to play against us, that’s another possibility,” the Nigeria coach was quoted to have said.
With this calculation, the Super Eagles coach hopes that the South American power house will defeat Iceland in their opening match and win again against Croatia in the second game before facing the Super Eagles in the last group tie which won’t be a must win for Argentina and thus parade a team without their inspirational captain.
“In the alternative that he plays against us, nothing is impossible. The only solution against Messi is a collective and not an individual solution. We will have time to observe,” Rohr remarked.
Nigeria will be playing Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg at 7pm Nigerian time. That will be the third consecutive time the two teams will be playing each other with Nigeria on the losing side.
See the time, dates, fixtures and venues for all teams in the Russia 2018 World Cup here.