Argentina Dread Nigeria, Says Di Maria

Angel Di Maria, who struck the only goal against Nigeria in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament final in 2008, is expecting another tight contest against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Wednesday’s Brazil 2014 World Cup.
“They’re another hard side to play, as they showed against Bosnia, who everyone tipped to go through. I’ve no doubt they’ll try to defend in numbers and hit us on the break, but they’ve got players who can score at any time”.
Given the problems Argentina have had in breaking down their last two rivals, should they not have a Plan B in place? Responding to that poser with barely a pause, the Albiceleste Number 7 said: “That’s a decision for the coach to make. He’s the one who decides if we play one way or another. All we try to do is adapt to what he asks of us and give all we can on the pitch to win”.
Pondering the key to the showdown with the Nigerians, he added: “We need to keep doing what we have been doing up to now, and that means being patient in the final third and finding the spaces we need to score goals. To do that we have to move the ball around and pick out team-mates who are in space, so we have be on the move the whole time.”
And if that does not work, then there is always Messi, as his grateful colleague acknowledged: “That’s true. We should be thankful he’s Argentinian”.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi says his team are braced to face Argentina challenge, and fight for a place in the Round of 16 of the World Cup.


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