Jorge SAmpaoli-led Argentina side will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria led by GErman tactician, Gernot Rohr in a very crucial Group D encounter that’s going to be very exciting.
With all honesty, I am expecting no change from Argentina’s first two matches when they take on the Super Eagles on Tuesday I Never St. Petersburg.
I am expecting the Argentines to have all the possession in Midfield and defense, I am also expecting the ARgentines led by BArcelona icon Lionel Messi to attempt a lot of attacking moves.
But Nigeria will be in a tight block at the back, closing down any space near the box and forcing the Argentines to look out wide.
And if the first two games are any indication, Argentina do not have the midfielders to break down such a block.
Iceland & Croatia played Argentina perfectly by surrounding Messi and allowing everyone else to pass as the wished.
When guys like Javier Mascherano or Enzo Perez are given time to pass, they’ll give it away plenty of times.
Those miss played passes will give Nigeria plenty of opportunities to counter-attack. If they catch Argentina on one of those counters, that might be all she wrote.
Argentina are a team waiting to fold, under the pressure of a nation and the demands of a legacy. This team is crumbling under the weight of Superstar Lionel Messi.
But that pressure to win comes with a bright side; only one team gets to have Lionel Messi. And the team that has Messi always has a chance, no matter the supporting cast.
My gut says this Argentine team is too broken, but my mind would never rule out a player as great as him.
Therefore I would expect that Argentina will get a result on Tuesday against Nigeria.
What Result ?
win ? Lose ?
I think Argentina will get a win if they can break the Eagles defense early and in the first 45minutes.
Anything short of that, the Super Eagles will get a way through the middle with a counter attack to seal the day.
This possibly, can be Lionel Messi’s last chance.
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