Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that Nigeria will play total football with an intense attack against Argentina in their match at St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
Rohr, who spoke at a pre-match press conference on Monday said his team will have total concentration against Argentina when they meet in the crucial Group D match.
“We are going to play a wonderful mass attack. We are going to play good game on Tuesday. We are going to defend the colours 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 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.”
Rohr, who promised to retain the 3-5-2 formation which silenced Iceland, assured of team captain Mikel Obi’s fitness for the match in spite of the hand injury he sustained.
“Mikel’s injury is not too serious, and I promise you that he will be on duty on Tuesday as the team’s captain.’’
He also allayed fears about poor officiating, saying “we are not afraid of any referee. All we need to do is play good football to get results.”
On the likelihood of Victor Moses making the starting list in spite of his performance in the Iceland game, the coach said,
“He is fit, strong and ready to explode against the Argentines come Tuesday’s match.’’
He promised to work on the team to take advantage of set-pieces and score from free-kicks, a failure which has been the bane of most African teams at the competition.