I Am Focused, Not Under Pressure– Rohr

By Ikenga Chronicles June 21, 2018

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said he is focused and not under any pressure after seeing his side lose 2-0 to Croatia in their opening match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The German-born tactician, made this claim while speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday.

He said: “The pressure I feel now is the same as I have always felt. It is the usual pressure to win and do well for Nigeria. There is no need to add to this pressure. More pressure on the team will not translate to better results.”

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Rohr said he is positive against debutants Iceland, a game that could make or mar Nigeria’s hopes of advancement in the competition.

“It [the match against Iceland] will be a tough game. We have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending, especially set pieces. We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game. I believe with hardwork we can get a good result,” he concluded.

Rohr is of the opinion that the Super Eagles did not do too badly against the Croatians who had difficulty breaking down the Nigerian team despite going ahead to win the game through two defensive errors.

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“We have watched the game again to see our mistakes so we can correct them. I also observed that Croatia’s only shot at goal was in the 71st minute when they scored their penalty, that is football,” he said.

A win for Nigeria will restore hopes of progress while a defeat will mean certain elimination for the Super Eagles.

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