World Cup: How We Will Approach Croatia Game – Mikel

By Ikenga Chronicles June 16, 2018

Nigeria captain Mikel Obi has explained to Nigerians how the team will approach Croatia in the opening game of group D at the Kaliningrad stadium on Saturday.

He said the focus of the team is not Croatian stars Lukas Modric and Ivan Rakitic but to win the game.

The Spain – based duo are expected to play with Italy-based duo Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic to tear down the Nigerian defence , but Mikel says the Eagles are not losing sleep over the Croatian stars.

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“I don’t want to talk about any player but it will be a game of 11 versus 11, ” the China- based midfielder told reporters ahead of the clash on Friday.

“We are going to play the game like a cup final because we want to win our first match in the tournament. It’s very important to win the first match and we want to achieve that, we want to start well. ”

The 2012 UEFA Champions League winner is backing young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho to do a good job against Croatia and in subsequent encounters in the competition.

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Mikel said, “Yes, he’s a young keeper but he has experience. We have been talking to him . I have been talking to him personally.We try not to talk to him too much because we don’t want to confuse him. We hope he’s going to have a great tournament.”

The former Chelsea star added, “We are united. There’s no quarrel among us; the camp is quiet. ”

The veteran player is however, amazed by the support from Russian fans , saying it has boosted the confidence of the three-time African champions ahead of today’s match .

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