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Taribo: Eagles’ Defenders Lack Tactics To Stop Messi, But Team Can Surprise The World In Russia

Taribo: Eagles’ Defenders Lack Tactics To Stop  Messi, But Team Can Surprise The World In Russia

By Bamidele Boluwaji:

Former Nigeria defender, Taribo West has posited that the Super Eagles do not have what it takes to stop Lionel Messi when they face Argentina in their third Group D match of 2018 FIFA World Cup in Saint Petersburg on June 26, but remains optimistic that the Gernot Rohr’s wards will impress as the dark horses of the tournament, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The former AC Milan strongman who spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com in Lagos on Saturday, said the Super Eagles’ defenders need special tactics to be able to stop the Argentine, but warned that there should not be much concentration on the Barcelona striker.

“We have good defenders, but from what I have seen, they don’t have what it takes to stop Messi at the World Cup. Stopping Messi requires special tactics which they don’t have,” the former Eagles defender told Conmpletesportsnigeria.com

“We don’t have the kind of defenders that can mark out Messi for 90 minutes and that will make it difficult for the Super Eagles. My advice is that they should not concentrate too much on him. During my playing days, you need just one player that will mark him out and throughout 90 minutes, there won’t be breathing space for him.”

Speaking on the Gernot Rohr’s team generally, Taribo expresses confidence that with excellent preparations, they will excel in Russia.

“If you see the way they are preparing for the World Cup and the way they played during the qualifying series, I will say they did incredibly well and if they can continue like that, definitely they will excel in Russia,” the Super Eagles’ rugged defender at France’98 and Korea/Japan 2002 World Cups told CSN.

“I believe this team will do well because they are strong and young and that is some of the things you need in a team.

”A team like this present Super Eagles can create surprises and also go far in the World Cup.”

Nigeria will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the Group D of the 2018 World Cup, and Taribo believes the Super Eagles will advance to the Second Round.

“I have no doubt that they will make it from the group as long as they play as a team and remain focused,” he said.

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  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    What special tactics o!

  • What is he saying now? is it just to be relevant? Mr West you can as well give the hint on how to stop him if you know any.

  • I know he, Tarbo West was a knot to crack during his playing days but all this boasting as if before him and after him, no more (good) defender is disturbing.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Mba. I disagreed with you Mr. Taribo West.
    We have the player who can stop Messi which is “Etobo” If he is fully fit, he will silent “Messi” for the entire 90 minutes.

    So Mr. West, Thanks for your advice. Meanwhile, our focus now is not Argentina.Our main targets are Croatia and Iceland matches to be precisely.

    We needs 6 points from those two matches then, in sha Allah will break the jinxed against Argentina in Russia this year. You ex players needs to encourage the young players. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • steven okocha 3 years ago

    B4 super eagles went 2 U.S.A 94,SUNDAY OLISEH promised nigerians that would cage maradona and he actually did.2 day you hear players commenting that messi is unstopable,that surprises me a lot.

  • I’ll take it that Taribo, who scared strikers in his playing days, has passed the trade secrets on caging Messi to Rohr. It is patriotic to do so. As a layman, I think our Oyibo wall is capable of containing this rampaging Messi. Even the young Ebuehi, if he is given the nod by Rohr, is full of energy and will make life difficult for Messi.

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Don’t find means to stop messi but Argentina.

  • Nigeria’s all we just need is to play like a team, don’t need to much attention on mercy, is a good player but can’t do it all alone..play as team and we gonna get a good result.. Most importantly the keeper should be aware mercy can take unexpected shot through out the match..so he should be 100 percent focuc..good luck guys.