Sunday, June 17, 2018

Super Eagles Defeat To Croatia, Tactics, Mikel, Etebo Roles, Iwobi’s Substitution Rohr Explains

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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that his team still has their destiny in their hands as there is still hope of them qualifying for the round of 16 despite losing to Croatia in their Group D opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, reports.
The Super Eagles got their campaign off to a losing note after losing 2-0 to Croatia following an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a second-half penalty converted from Luka Modric.
“We now have to get four points if we want to qualify,” Rohr said in his post-match press conference. “We are only one point behind the second-placed teams (Argentina and Iceland) Nothing is lost, everything is in our hands  so we will be positive that we can do it.
“We have the youngest team in the World Cup let them learn from this match and try to do better.
“We saw Iceland’s  game against Argentina, they are a very strong team. We can do better  than what we did against Croatia.”
Rohr expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the Super Eagles play despite the defeat, promising that they will work on their approach to set plays.
“You are not satisfied when you don’t score. We are satisfied with the organisation of the team defensively but we didn’t have so many opportunities to score. Alex Iwobi did well in the beginning later Ahmed Musa came in to bring his speed to the match and he has the chance to start the next game.
“I think the organisation was okay. It was the first time we played like that in the midfield with (Wilfred) Ndidi who was coming back after a long injury with Etebo and Mikel Obi. So when they played together for the first time it was a bit complicated.
“I think this young players need time. Sometimes it’s naivety when it comes to set pieces but we will work on it.”
Rohr gave reasons why the Super Eagles did not switch to a back three as they did during their friendly games.
“We didn’t concede in normal play, we conceded only two goals from set pieces,” he explained. “This is not a question of tactics or system. Our system was okay, we cannot play with three (at the back) when there is only one centre forward.
“We played with four defenders because there were three Croatian strikers who are very strong. I was satisfied with the organisation of the team but what we missed in the game is being professional from set pieces. Each game is different. We know we can play with three centre backs but it was not a good day (Saturday) to do that.”
When quizzed on why skipper  Mikel Obi operated as an offensive midfielder, Rohr said:
“Since I have been in Nigeria for two years now  we play Mikel in this role as an offensive midfielder. It was going very well throughout our games and the team was built around him.
“I know he played in a defensive midfield role and I know in China he plays offensive and defensive. When we don’t have the ball everybody is defensive and when we have the ball everyone is offensive. With Etebo and Ndidi, we had two good defensive midfielders who dis very well against Croatia despite playing for the first time together.
“Mikel tried his best but it is not easy when you have to play against  (Luka) Modric  and (Ivan) Rakitic. When you see the clubs these players play and compare it to where our players play, there is a little difference.”
And on why Alex Iwobi was substituted in the game, Rohr said:”Alex Iwobi did very well in the three weeks we had our training camps and he deserved to start the game. He had a big work to do defensively against right-back (Sime Vrsaljko) who was very offensive.
“He had to work a lot to contain him and was missing the energy for his offensive game. But he did well in his tactical role. He tried also with some dribbles to be dangerous. So he did well. It was not his fault that We lost the game, it was the mistakes we did from the corners that cost us.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Does history tell us who will win in Russia? start your comment now and start voting now on our blog.

Thirty-two countries, one winner.
But how can you predict the team that will lift the World Cup in Moscow on 15 July?
By looking at the trends, statistics and patterns from tournaments past, BBC Sport has eliminated 31 nations and concluded which one will be crowned world champions.
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Since the World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998, all of the eventual champions have been seeded. Indeed, the last non-seeded winners were in 1986, when Argentina were carried to the trophy by Diego Maradona and his 'hand of God'. In one move, we have removed 24 teams in the competition and are left with eight.

As England fly out to Russia world cup 2018 this week event kick off.

The 2018 World Cup is nearly here with the eyes of the globe turning towards Russia.
It promises to be an action-packed, drama-filled month as 736 players from 32 nations arrive for a feast of football. Brazil, Spain and Germany arrive as tournament favourites with Gareth Southgate's England heading in with plenty of hope if not much expectation. They face Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday before taking on Panama and Belgium in Group G.
They jet out to their training base in Repino later today with the tournament kicking off in earnest on Thursday afternoon when the hosts face Saudi Arabia.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Super Eagle National Team of Nigeria arrive Russia 2018 World Cup picture life with the captain Mikel Obi.

2018 FIFA World Cup will start on the 14 Jun 2018 – 15 Jul 2018

Nigeria Coach Rohr Set To Make Super Eagles Play 3-5-2 Vs Croatia

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is torn between deploying a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3 formation when his side take on Croatia in their opening group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports
The German, 64, has been trying out th​is two formations in their training ​sessions in Austria but ​he ​seems to prefer a 3-5-2 as it offers the team more solidity at the back,​ a camp source revealed to CSN.
Hapoel Beer-Sheva midfielder John Ogu has been deployed as one of the three defenders alongside William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun in a 3-5-2 formation in the team’s last two training games.
In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi and Alex Iwobi were flanked by wing-backs Tyronne Ebuehi and Bryan Idowu.
In attack Victor Moses played off Odion Ighalo.
The Super Eagles were much more solid playing in a 3-5-2 formation in the second halves of their defeats to England and Czech Republic.
“He (Rohr) has been trying out several systems in training but we don’t know which one he will settle for,” the camp source told CSN.
“But he has laid more emphasis on it (3-5-2) so well. But its either the 3-5-2 or he reverts to a 4-3-3.”
Nigeria are drawn alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

World Cup 2018 fixtures: match schedule, results and dates for tournament in Russia

The Russia World Cup is almost upon us. The tournament begins next week, and after that we will be in for a feast of pretty much non-stop football. 
Last December's draw put England in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama and the good news is that all three of the games have been scheduled at sociable times. You can hear the sighs of relief from office bosses all around the country. 
The full World Cup 2018 fixture schedule is included below, with timings, venues and TV channels included.