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Rohr: I’m Not Under Pressure; We’ll Get Good Result Against Iceland

Rohr: I’m Not Under Pressure; We’ll Get Good Result Against Iceland

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rorh has dismissed talk of being under pressure following his team’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The German-born tactician, speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, declared that he won’t allow himself to be pressured beyond the normal demands of his job as manager of the Nigerian senior national team.

He said: “The pressure I feel now is the same as I have always felt. It is the usual pressure to win and do well for Nigeria. There is no need to add to this pressure. More pressure on the team will not translate to better results.”

On the very crucial duel with debutants Iceland, which could make or mar Nigeria’s hopes of advancement in the competition, Rorh is positive that enough hard work is being done in training to perfect strategies for the game, including working on the inadequacies at set-pieces.

“It (the match against Iceland) will be a tough game. We have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending, especially set pieces. We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game. I believe with hardwork we can get a good result,” he concluded.

Rohr is of the opinion that the Super Eagles did not do too badly against the Croatians who had difficulty breaking down the Nigerian team despite going ahead to win the game through two defensive errors.

“We have watched the game again to see our mistakes so we can correct them. I also observed that Croatia’s only shot at goal was in the 71st minute when they scored their penalty…that is football,” he said.

A win for Nigeria will restore hopes of progress while a defeat will mean certain elimination for the Super Eagles.

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  • Steve 3 years ago

    Rohr you must be out of your mind ?
    …so you are counting how many times croatia shut at our post abi?…I thought our intention is to win the world cup or at least reach the semi and how will you do that with Eagles defending all through the period of play ?…I believed you were over rated!!..you have nothing to offer Nigeria going forward!!

    • Bongeez 3 years ago

      Did you believe in the gaffer when he came in as SE coach in the first place?… against all odds he qualified for the WC without losing a game. All of a sudden people like you are saying all sorts as if you believed in the team from day one of the qualifiers. He’ll definitely get the job done ….

      • Naija Man 3 years ago

        “…He’ll definitely get the job done…”.. Ok o. You will be surprised at the result again on Friday. The last friendlies have shown what to expect. This current team is not going anywhere. The best result they can get on Friday is a draw. Iceland is very strong and compact. Messi tried everything last Saturday but couldn’t break them.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    I feel like sounding his face 3 times.

  • iceberg 3 years ago

    How can u win d world with d calibre of players we parade? u guys shld be realistic and stop ranting here.

    • OK o,which set of players do have other than the ones in the team presently o?
      The fact that messi couldn’t penetrate the Iceland defence doesn’t mean that they are the best.Let us just be hopeful.

  • mikee 3 years ago

    This is a classic example of a man in denial

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    This foreign couch have no clue what he is talking about. The NFF owned Siasia 6 months back pay while they paid the foreign couch 6 months in advance believing the foreign couch will win world cup for Nigeran. Won’t Siasia would have even done better than this couch ? . if only our Nigerian born Couch gets a mere 40 to 45% of what this foreign couch now earns ?. Think about that.

    • Fortesam 3 years ago

      @Edoman there is no reason why anyone should be denied salary he has worked for.
      But Siasia couldn’t qualify Nigeria for Nations cup on two different occasions. Incase you have forgotten.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Super Eagles is bigger than Siasia. Sai1 can never managed Eagles. He failed woefully during is era. The mistakes he made then, is the coach Rohr is making now.

    Using Ighalo as our main striker will backfire. Mr. Rohr have learnt his leasons in a hard way. Most of us here knows better than those in charge of the team.

    So, what he should have done in the second half of the match against Croatia that he refused do, now that it is getting late, he would do it on Friday.

    If he coach Rohr qualify us from that group, i will never trust him anymore. I was expecting him to made some changes in the second half vs Croatia but he refused to do so not until few minutes to the end of the match he decided to make some changes.

    Thank God that the whole world knows that our players try their best but the coach failed us all. Other Africans were mocking us every where. So painful to swallow. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

      Siasia was up set up to fail. The conditions of service for most Nigerian born Couches were usually, 95% degree below their foreign counterparts. Yet, the Nigerian born Couches are far superior technically to their foreign couches. Give Nigerians couches equal funding and tools, They, like Siasia will excel. Thanks for your contributions, my friend.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Omo9ja Siaone is the best local coach we have so far he was given hard time but yet he prepares a team to play great football with lots of chances and goals. If in your view he failed by achieving bronze,silver at the Olympics then which local coach has done that? And talking about his failure at senior national team after the team was already sinking i will call that an unfair criticism because that was a total setup but he never saw it. That was such a setup that the likes of Oliseh will see and run away but Siaone always believes himself so he took the risk and it bcakfired… let nff give him free hand and cash and watch what Siaone will do. Every Nigerian fans will rise again all this pain of European teams bullying us will come to an end. As them about sisia they will run. Imagine how iwobi and simy will fly under siasia.. God bless Nigeria

  • Siasia has never been appointed SE coach.
    The two time he haddled them were on rescue missions.
    Pls. Check your facts.
    Appoint Siasia and Emmanuel Amuneke, two attack minded coaches.
    Give them a four year contract.
    Send them on attachment when there is no competitions going on.
    One to Bacca, the other to Real madrid.

  • Jonathan Okocha 3 years ago

    You should simply attack instead of defending. Set pieces would go in some time but how do your players respond to it.

    You can not eliminate that from football. You have practice set pieces.. right.

    Now focus on attacking and getting the goal. This way Iceland will have less set pieces. You have to win Iceland game if possible with more than 2 goals margin. So ask your boys to get a goal in the first half or first 30 min. This way Iceland will come out and you can attack more with more space. If Iceland score don’t worry.. attack them fully while defending with all the man at the ball.

    Qualifying might end up being who score more goals. If Croatia loses to Argentina and we win with more goals and less yellow card.. that would be nice. This way we will try to win Argentina or draw. Better if Croatia draws with Argentina… Then we go to Argentina game to draw or win

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    A man who blames others for his misfortune will never taste success in his life time. Mr Rohr saying that the croats had only one shot at goal has not only perjured but has also insulted the sensibilities of SE fans. The croats caused quite a number of anxious moments in our defence and we were only lucky to lose that game by just two goals. Defensive errors are results of pressure on the defence, whc means we were constantly under attack. In contrast, Subasic, the croatian goalkeeper only caught just 1 ball all thru the match….a glancing header by ighalo in the 2nd half. So if Rohr claims we were never troubled, then I ask, why didnt we trouble then too and why didnt we force them to commit defensive blunders which we could have profited from. He should simply listen to the voice of reason and quit his oversabi. Oga Rohr…Change ur formation and play the right players in the right places. And stop blaming everyone but yourself for the team’s misfortune.

  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Siasia teams are a beauty to watch.This is a coach who understands Nigerian football and Nigerian players.
    His teams plays the total brand of Nigerian football.I love seeing his team play those entertaining free flow football. It’s a shame despite his achievements has never got the trust of the football authorities to be the chief coach other than on rescue missions.
    Meanwhile,there’s something about Ighalo that does not augur well for Nigeria.From his days with the youth teams till present.He has never done well in competitions and teams he has represented comes back low with their heads bowed down.I would advice the gaffer to stop playing Ighalo for the good of the team and after this tournament should concentrate on playing club football.
    Nigeria has good strikers waiting for their chances the likes of Awoniyi and Sadiq Umar and many more.
    I shall see Nigeria for the first time against Iceland.Didn’t see the first game,well from comments going round didn’t miss much anyway.
    However,I shall be hoping my first opportunity of seeing the super eagles play in Russia shall bring good fortunes to the team ha.Fingers crossed!

  • jamie 3 years ago

    When you keep doing a thing always, you must always get same result nah, so all ur training and press hope on assurance about success was to come here and keep defending without moving forward…Alas…Your agigation alwaysabout the defence anytime you complain and believed in misfiring odion to an extent of playing him [email protected] the front(meaning that you don’t need goal but defend). even if u defend well all through, can 3point take you anywhere? let imagine Senegai,rusia and the compact Iran teams