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Rohr: We Need Miracle To Rule Mundial

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has reiterated that he will prepare the squad with the best of his ability and knowledge for this year’s World Cup, but admits it would take a miracle for Nigeria to win the competition.

However, while admitting how difficult it would be for the Eagles to make history at Russia 2018, by becoming the first country outside Europe and South America to snatch the global soccer showpiece’s diadem, Rohr says he is encouraged by the fact that miracles still happen.

Rohr also stated that the form of Argentina superstar, Lionel Messi is not giving him any worries ahead of the between both nations at Russia 2018.

The Eagles are in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia at the Mundial and would clash against their South American foes in their final group game in Saint Petersburg on June 26.

Both sides have met at the World Cup four times with the more illustrious South Americans triumphing on all occasions, but Rohr says thinking about Messi is least on his mind heading into the June 26 fixture in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Messi has been in terrific form in La Liga helping Barcelona claim top spot with 72 points in 28 matches, eight points above second-place Atletico Madrid and 15 points above champions and bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Rohr said he is not shaken by the dazzling displays of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was excused from La Albiceleste’s friendly 4-2 defeat to the three-time African champions in Krasnodar, Russia, last November.

The Franco-German tactician stated: “We know he’s one of the best players in the world but we are not worried about anybody because we have a good team.

“The game against Argentina will be a tough one and it will be very interesting going into the group’s last games.

“Perhaps we don’t have players we had in the 1990s, when only one player could make the difference.

”But now, we have a young team playing good and quality football, not only one or two quality players who can make the difference.”


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