RUSSIA 2018: Barcelona Striker, Lionel Messi, In Trouble, As Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, Reveals Strategy Against Argentina

By Amako Nneji March 15, 2018 20:45

RUSSIA 2018: Barcelona Striker, Lionel Messi, In Trouble, As Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, Reveals Strategy Against Argentina

Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he will not man-mark Argentine and Barcelona Striker, Lionel Messi, at the Summer World Cup in Russia.

Rather, the Coach believes that the best way to cage one of the most dangerous Strikers in the world, was through a collective defensive method.

According to him, man-marking players were old-fashioned, saying that it was no longer used too often these days.

Rohr said: “I can tell you now that there will be no man-marking of Messi. We did this in the old days, but it is not used too often these days. We will deal with Messi or any big player as a collective. But often you will not be able to keep top players quiet over the whole 90 minutes.

“At this stage, there is no special plan. We do not even know whether he will play. We all know him and we know his quality. But we also played against some really good players in our qualification, and were able to deal with them. We had Riyad Mahrez; we played against Sadio Mane and Senegal in a friendly. We know how to organise our defence against top quality players.”

Rohr noted that the Super Eagles’ 4-2 defeat of Argentina in a friendly, was not to the country’s advantage, on the premise that Argentina would take Nigeria’s game very serious in Russia.

On the friendly, he said: “Remember, Messi did not play. So we are very cautious and have to analyse this great result in context. Argentina had played another friendly against Russia in Russia, before facing us. Perhaps they were a bit tired. I think no one should overrate the result. I definitely will not overrate it. It was definitely not to our advantage, because Argentina will take us more seriously now.”

The Coach stated that as part of his preparation for the World Cup, he would scout on Argentina and the other group opponents, saying that he had started analyzing video games involving our group opponents.

“Like everyone else is doing it these days, we will scout our opponents. We will send scouts to watch their games. We have already started to analyse videos of our opponents, and we will try to get as much information as possible about our opponents.

“But we will also monitor and scout our own players, in order to choose the best squad. And we have lined up our friendly games against teams that are playing similarly to the opponents in our group.”


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