Reaction Trails Nigeria’s World Cup Group


Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona: “It’s not a bad group at all. Argentina have to improve… we can’t play as badly as we have been doing.”

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli: ”The only thing I can tell our fans is that we will make Argentina proud. I also have the best player in history, that’s always a plus.

“Nigeria are an unpredictable side. With Nigeria you don’t know who you’re going to get. They’re very dangerous.”

“Our opponents will go there with few obligations and a lot of enthusiasm, the World Cup has given them a unique opportunity.”

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson: ”This is an incredibly difficult group… This will be an experience but really difficult.

“Argentina have one of the strongest squads in football… the Nigerian players are great athletes, physically strong and it’s difficult to cope with them.”

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic: “It could have been better but it could also have been worse. I think we can navigate our way into the knockout stages but it’s going to be tough… (Argentina) are the favourites of course but we won’t roll over.”

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo: “I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round. With this draw, we have a good chance of qualifying from the group. It’s a tough group and we have to work really hard.”

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