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Gernot Rohr: Why Nigeria lost to England

Discussion in 'World cup' started by realsporting, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. realsporting

    realsporting Administrator Staff Member

    Nigeria played their penultimate friendly before the 2018 World Cup, against the Three Lions of England at Wembley over the weekend, losing 2-1, despite a spirited effort. Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has explained why his team lost 2-1 to England.

    However, the German himself has admitted there’s much work to be done in the next 2 weeks. Obviously, some things the players did against England should not be done at this level of the game.
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    Gary Cahill was able to justify his inclusion in the world Cup squad by scoring against Nigeria, he scored the opening goal after just six minutes of the game, while the Three Lions Captain Harry Kane who they will depend on to do the job for them also find the net against Nigeria to give the English team their second win in three meetings against the Super Eagles.

    Dele Alli was greeted by jeers from the visitors. The Spurs man, born in Milton Keynes, could have been eligible to represent the Super Eagles with his father being Nigerian.

    Odion Ighalo led the line, Alex Iwobi impressed against England, scoring Nigeria's goal. Iwobi slotted home after Odion Ighalo’s shot hit the post. While Kelechi Iheanacho will hope for an opportunity to show what he can do ahead of the World Cup getting underway.


    It's safe to say it's a wake up call for the Eagles. So what exactly do the Super Eagles need to work upon considering the friendlies we've played of late.

    At the post match conference, the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr said the team is not yet ready and he has two weeks to get the team ready, he cited reasons why the team couldn't train very well ahead of the match against England and even when they wanted to train at Wembley and even other activities going up on the pitch hindered them.

    Rohr admitted it was a game of two halves and said he made changes in personnel and formation.

    "Clearly it was a game of two halves. I made four changes and change in formation also made a big difference."


    Another thing he mentioned was the journey across Europe which he said was not professional structured. The German also admitted that travelling and preparation was not the best.
    “Travelling and preparation was not good enough,” he told reporters after the game.

    The players went to Akwa Ibom for the Atletico Madrid match even though most of the players did not play. From there they went to Port Harcourt later to Port Harcourt then they went to Abuja to see the president before flying to Europe.

    He added that their journey took 9 hours, they had a stop over in Las Palmas, adding he wants less stopover and more straightforward journeys. Conclusively, all this things affected the players.

     

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