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Nigeria ’ll tame Argentina - Lagerback
MANAGER of the Super Eagles, Lars Lagerback believes the opening World Cup Group B match against Argentina on June 12 will be full of intrigues. The Swede, who assumed duty in March pointed out that a sound frame work in place could dislodge their much dreaded opponents.
“I see a team with a great deal of physical presence and individual skill. I would go as far as to say that, man for man, Nigeria have more pure technical talent than most countries. I don’t think we need to worry about a lack of flair and match-winning ability,” he said.
The Swede stated that the game against the star-studded Argentina to be coached by a World Cup star, Diego Maradona would determine the direction of the Eagles.
“The first match of a tournament can condition the rest. Argentina have fantastic individuals, but I’m not fearful or intimidated by the thought of facing Messi, Tevez, Higuain, Aguero and all the others.
“I think I know how to stifle Argentina. Sweden did it at the 2002 World Cup. You couldn’t say we had the better players but we still drew 1-1 with them. Messi is extraordinary, but Argentina are not Barcelona.”
“I have a lot of respect for the work of Otto Rehhagel with Greece. They play tight, are spirited and are not in the habit of selling themselves short. South Korea’s strength is their energy and total commitment. You have to match them there,” Lagerback said.Share
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