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Maradona Fears For Argentina Against Super Eagles, Warns Sampaoli

Argentine football legend Diego Marsdona has expressed his fears for the Albiceleste, stating they will have serious problems against Nigeria if they replicate the performance which saw them draw 1-1 with debutants Iceland in their opening Group D game at the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.

Going into the game as huge favourites, Argentina deservedly went 1-0 up thanks to a Sergio Aguero strike in the first half.

But just few minutes later Alfred Finnbogasson levelled up for Iceland to earn his side a shock result.

Last year, Argentina threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Nigeria in an international friendly in Russia.

But Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia in their Group D opening game on Saturday.

According to The Mirror, reflecting on their 1-1 draw with Iceland, the 1986 World Cup winning star for Argentina lamented the Lionel Messi-led side’s performance.

“It was extraordinary to see an Argentina without any answers, keeping their heads down, struggling to play accurate passes or one-twos,” Maradona said.
“Messi was their only outlet. There is serious trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience, they know how to counter-attack and they know how to score.”

Maradona went on to blast Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli for his poor tactics.

“If he carries on like this, Sampaoli can’t come back to Argentina,” he said. “His gameplan was a disgrace. Even though the Iceland players average 1.90m in height, we played all our corners into the air. We had no short game.

“I don’t blame the players. I blame a lack of preparation because there obviously hasn’t been any.
“You can bring 25 brilliant players with you, but you have to work with them. We can see that Iceland were better drilled than Argentina and that is a massive shame.”

Argentina will take on Group D leaders Croatia in their next game on Thursday before rounding off with Nigeria.

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  • Good one, we need a good compatriot with much love like maradona in nigeria here. so he can tel Gernot rohr the truth.

    Only okocha try to tel the truth and i love it and i love him for that. okocha a good compatriot.

  • Ikeben 3 years ago

    It is quite interesting that, Nigerians have lost faith in their team but Maradona still believes that Nigeria can hurt Argentina. Let no won underestimate the SE. A team that lost, 2:O to South Africa last year and the next month beat Cameroon (African champion) 4:0. Supper Eagles that could not win their first 2 matches in 2013 Nation’s cup, but went ahead to win the tournament.We may be down, but it only a novice that will think we are out. Maradona, warn him well because we are ready to replicate the friendly match experience last year. Soar Super Eagles, Wings of Africa.

    • Maradona said this before Dr game.
      if he saw how SE played, he wouldn’t be afraid of them anymore.
      so calm down bro.
      our boys didn’t do well, it’s not abt the loss but about how we lost the match.
      no passion at all

  • @Ikeben keep dreaming…is it not desame super eagle that contained
    ighalo AKA the only one dimensional striker.

    Gernot rohr AKA the clueless and confuse coach giving players false position instead of natural and wrong formation

    Victor moses AKA the swimmer. He prefare sleeping to standing. u wil see moses wil collect red card before the end of this tournament.

    Keeping dreaming wit your confused coach.
    I earlier said if we are going to use ighalo at the attack then we wil only manage to draw iceland. am not a prophet but i see wit my brain. If our coach is not clueless why didnt he notice it.

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    I begged GR not to play that useless ighalo and he did.
    I begged him not to play Shehu ahead of ebuehi and he did too.
    I begged him to deploy 3:5:2 formation and he didn’t do it.
    I pleaded him to play kelechi because that boy has big heart for a massive occasion like yesterday match and he didn’t listen.
    I asked him to play iwobi from 10 and he didn’t listen to me.
    Rohr went ahead and lost the match and later gave us useless and avoidable excuses..