Ahead of 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, coach of Argentina national team, Alfio Basile has revealed Super Eagles ‘weak links’
The three time African champions are in Group D alongside Croatia, Iceland as well as Argentina who they would play their last group match with.
Basile, who masterminded Argentina’s 2-1 win over the Super Eagles at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, despite Samson Siasia giving the Nigeria an early lead in the eighth minute, said his side will beat the African giant without Messi due to porous nation Nigeria’s team defense.
‘’I heard the coach from Iceland and I thought he was very smart.
“But we cannot be afraid of Iceland, the Nigerians are offensively good, but the defenders are very distracted,’’ Basile told Radio Rivadavia.
‘’If the ten is good, we can beat anybody, if Messi is not there, we are a team.’’
Basile went on to state that current Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli does not have enough time to adequately prepare his team for next year’s tournament.
‘’I do not know Sampaoli, but I think he will not have time to work well with the team.’’
Nigeria and Argentina will square off at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on 26 June 2018.
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