Croatia Manager Zlatko Dalic Wary Of Nigeria Threat — FIFA WC

Jeannette Daniel
December 2, 2017

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were, on Friday, drawn in Group D to play against Iceland, Croatia and nemesis, Argentina in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Russian Federation.

They met in the final Group H match at the 1998 World Cup in France, and with qualification assured, a 36th-minute victor by defender Mauricio Pineda was enough for the South Americans to top the group.

So when we faced them at the World Cup, they'll be stronger with him playing.

In the draw held for the 32 competing nations in Moscow today, Nigeria and Argentina were drawn together in Group D.

The Franco-German spoke at length about his expectations at Russian Federation 2018 after the draw was staged in Moscow today.

Croatia eliminated Greece 4-1 on aggregate in the European final playoffs to qualify for this Mundial.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina.

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Croatia and Nigeria will meet for the very first time in their opening game of the group. This game will be more hard than the friendly game we won, Messi will be available now. "I hope we keep on making people happy". Spain were thumped 5-1 by the Netherlands while Portugal were routed 4-0 by eventual champions Germany. We need to establish a way and be the Argentina we want to be.

Sampaoli also said he considers Croatia the toughest opponent, adding: "Croatia has an excellent midfield line with Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic".

It's the first game and if we start well we can have a chance to go through.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group. But our aim has to be to top the group", he said. In each of the four groups were eight national teams, and unlike in the previous world championships, the groups were not created according to the geographic key. "Once you lock down (Lionel) Messi, Argentina is useless", he said.

"Perhaps, our final group game against Argentina will be the final for our qualification to the next round".

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