Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Gernot Rohr said the team’s 0-2
loss to Croatia in their opening match of Russia 2018 was due
to “many mistakes’’.
Rohr, while speaking Saturday at the post-match conference of
the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D fixture, said he and his
players were aware they made some grave mistakes during the
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the match
played in Kaliningrad, the Eagles lost through an own goal by
Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty kick.
“We know we made some mistakes, too many important
mistakes, and it is clear that we need to get better in order to
move on,’’ the coach said.
He said the entire team was disappointed at the result, adding
that they needed to work on being professional with the set-
“Our organisation was good, that is clear just as the tactics
were not wrong, but we need to be more professional in the
way we take the set-pieces. We need to be better before our
next game,’’ he added.
Rohr, who admitted that the loss had made their task more
herculean, said team Captain, Mikel Obi’s performance in the
game was satisfactory just as he equally praised the defenders.
“Mikel has since I took over always been playing the way we
deployed him today, and this has yielded results for us.
“But, he couldn’t have done better than he did today, because
of the quality of those he was playing against.
“He had Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona and Luka Modric of Real
Madrid playing against him, and they are of good quality and
playing for clubs bigger than that of Mikel who plays in China.
“So, he really did well,’’ he said.
On the 62nd minute substitution of Alex Iwobi, the coach said
it was not done out of poor performance by the Arsenal FC
“Iwobi deserved his starting place, based on his performances
in the last few days. He only had big work to do with the full
back, and this took much out of him.
“However, he did well and I don’t think he shouldn’t have
started the game,’’ he said.
Rohr, however, assured that he and his assistants would go on
to ensure the team was improved upon before their June 22
date with Iceland in Volgograd.
“We will improve because it is important for us. We have to
get better in order to move forward,’’ he said.
Source- Breaking Times