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Mourinho Tips Nigeria, Argentina To Qualify From World Cup Group D

Mourinho Tips Nigeria, Argentina To Qualify From World Cup Group D

By James Agberebi:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has predicted that Nigeria will progress into the round of 16 behind Argentina from Group D at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Mourinho made the prediction as a guest host on RT, a Russian international television network, where he also predicted which teams will emerge from each group.

Nigeria are drawn in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and debutants Iceland.

And according to Mourinho, Nigeria will face France from Group C in the round of 16.

From Group A, Mourinho has Uruguay progressing as group winners, while he tipped hosts Russia to pip Egypt into second spot.

He picked 2010 World Cup winners Spain winning Group B with his native Portugal coming runners-up.

In Group C, he went for France but expects second spot to be more of a battle, but tipped Australia to end the group second.

The former Chelsea boss said Brazil will top Group E, while stating his midfielder Nemanja Matic will ‘go on holiday’ as Serbia will crash out with Switzerland finishing second.

In Group F, he said champions Germany will be accompanied into the second round with Mexico while in Group G, he tipped England to top – where they would be paired with Poland in the knockout stage.

Also, he said Poland will finish second in Group H behind Senegal, who would take on Group G runners-up Belgium.

Commenting further, Mourinho admitted to being torn over who he wants to progress deep into the tournament – due to wanting his Red Devils stars to have a rest before the new season.

“I want my players to win, but I also want my players to go on holiday. So this will be tough,” he said.

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  • The message here is defiance.

    The signs are not looking good. Unless much needed improvements are injected in key departments of the Super Eagles, then, those who have predicted all along that Nigeria will go to the World Cup solely to make up the numbers may just be proved right afterall!

    What have we seen thus far? brilliant in world cup qualification; poor in world cup preparation.

    Even coach Rohr is quoted as saying:
    “we are not ready for the World Cup.”

    What have we deduced from majority of the pre-world Cup friendly matches? the Super Eagles attack has no bite, the midfield is lacking in creativity, the defence/goalkeeping is riddled with holes and the bench has ‘no winning transformational capabilities’.

    Yet, there are those of us that remain defiant.

    Defiant that the results of these friendles will prove irrelevant; defiant that coach Rohr will manufacture a winning strategy for the World Cup ; defiant that the players in camp will step up their game.

    Unfortunately, the outcome of these friendles have dampened morale.

    But, is the purpose of friendly matches not to find flaws and correct them before the tournament proper?

    • Fqtee 3 years ago

      @deo, I stand with defiance! All hope is not lost! These friendlies have achieved their purpose, they have exposed our weaknesses, and now it’s time to enter the cooking room to prepare a recipe that will deliver the goods in Russia! Viva Super Eagles

  • Chika 3 years ago

    Friendly games are not world cup super eagle will do better I have that notion abt them.

  • Go Eagles, Go 3 years ago

    @deo, @Fqtee. Both of you are genuinely concerned. Mourinho, a respected coach with African connection via an Angolan wife or something. This means Mourinho is only trying to be sympathetic with the Africans but may not be that sincere. Anyone that has followed the preparatory matches will be concerned like @deo. Personally, the Super Eagles has not given us hope of crossing the group stage. The only light or hope is that teams find it hard to cope with the 352 formation. Meaning if it that is our formation, then we will fight. But if it is the 434, 442, or any other formation, we may fail. This may bebthe angle Mourinho is looking at. That is the angle Fqtee is looking at. Even Adepoju. Let hope and sink or swim with the Super Eagles.

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Thank u Mr. Mourinho….
    Super Eagles, I know u flopped in the friendlies, but I believe in your potential. Pls make us proud.#believe