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Rohr under ‘usual’ pressure to win for Nigeria

Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr says he is not under pressure following his team’s 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, that he is under the “usual” pressure of doing well for the country.

The German-born tactician, whose tactical approach to the game against the Croats has been largely criticised by analysts, says he won’t allow himself to be pressured beyond the normal demands of his job.

“The pressure I feel now is the same as I have always felt. It is the usual pressure to win and do well for Nigeria. There is no need to add to this pressure. More pressure on the team will not translate to better results,” he said at a media conference on Wednesday.

“We have watched the game again to see our mistakes so we can correct them. I also observed that Croatia’s only shot at goal was in the 71st minute when they scored their penalty…that is football.”

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Rohr led the Super Eagles through the qualifiers as they secured the ticket for Russia against African giants Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.

After failing to pick a point from his first game at the mundial, he is optimistic his team will get a good result against debutants Iceland in their second game in Volgograd on Friday.

“It (Iceland clash) will be a tough game. We have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending, especially set pieces. We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game. I believe with hard work we can get a good result,” he concluded.

Sitted currently at the bottom of Group D, the Super Eagles need a win against Iceland in order to restore hopes of progress in the competition. But a defeat will mean they are out!

 

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