As Nigeria prepare for their second game in the world cup against Iceland on Friday, we take a look at the possible areas the Super Eagles must improve at if they are to grab all 3 points. It’s no longer news that Gernot Rohr’s side have struggled as they have failed to grab any point in their last 3 matches going back to the friendly game against England.
The Super Eagles have fluffed their lines in set pieces and this is fast becoming a trend. The side were powerless to both Gary Cahill’s first-half header in the England 2-1 victory and also to Tomas Kalas first-half goal in Czech Republic’s 1-0 victory too. The most recent game against Croatia was another horror show as the Super Eagles were exploited aerially on several occasions. The Super Eagles failed to marshal out their defensive lines and were eventually punished from a corner kick as Mario Mandzukic’s aerial attempt was put into the back of the net by Etebo.
The second half goal was the height of it as the Super eagles displayed timid attitudes whenever Croatia was presented with a set piece. Their timidity finally got to them as Croatia grabbed their second goal from the spot kick. The goal was no doubt a master-stroke but the buildup to the goal remained the talking point of the game. Troost Ekong, despite his experience in playing central defence, and the small odds given to him at 1xbet _ Free Bet, failed to control his fears as he hacked Mario Mandzukic in the most unprofessional manner.
The need for the Nigerian team to improve after the game has been stressed by a lot of tacticians as they have given various opinions and pieces of advice to Gernot Rohr in regards to the match against Iceland. Some tacticians have advised the German to field more attacking players in the team in a bid to keep things going upfront, people with divided opinions have advised Rohr to focus on stabilizing the middle of the park while the remaining have preferred he reshuffle things at the heart of the defense.
Iceland have proven to be an organized team dating back to the Euro 2016 continental showpiece in France where the eliminated the 3 lions in the knockout stages of the competition as reported by Nigeria football news. The European team have already caused an upset in their first world cup by grabbing an unlikely draw against 2014 finalist Argentina in their first world cup game. The team have proven to be a relatively defensive-minded side that relies on set pieces due to their heights and counter attack due to their pace. These approaches remain the two aspects of football that the Super Eagles are yet to cope with.
Gernot Rohr must instruct his players to remain focused in set pieces to avoid conceding a 4th consecutive set piece-related goal when the play Iceland on Friday. The German is expected to drop either of Leon Balogun or Troost Ekong with Abdullahi Shehu for names such as Keneth Omeruo and Ebuehi. Keneth Omeruo to provide leadership an aerial strength during set plays and set pieces while Ebuehi in case of set pieces. Nigeria must be organized and coordinated during set pieces.