The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr might have already succumbed to defeat before Saturday showdown with Croatia by admitting the opposition team is better. He has given a few reasons why Croatia is ranked higher than his team as they make a beeline for the World Cup.
He conceded that Croatia group are obviously better than the Super Eagles in front of their Group D 2018 World Cup opener on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
The German strategist expressed this while addressing columnists at Wednesday public interview before the beginning of preparing.
Nigeria are in Group D of the competition nearby, Croatia, Iceland and Argentina
”We admire this team, but we do not plan to watch them when we play against them, we hope to fight,” Rohr said.
”They are all wonderful players, playing in biggest teams in Europe. On paper with their names, Croatia are much better than us.
”But sometimes on the pitch, it could be different. We don’t have their big stars, but we try to play collectively with our young team.”
The Super Eagles have nine players in their positions that play for top clubs in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, though Croatia can rely on 16 players that carry out their specialties in Europe’s main five alliances.