Argentine defender Javier Mascherano says the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be tough contenders for the Albicelestes at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The Barcelona star stated that the Eagles are difficult to play not only for their physicality but that their ‘disorganisation’ is likely to affect them also.
“And Nigeria are quite well known to us, we’ve always met in the last World Cups,” the veteran defender told The Guardian.
“They’re tough, not just because of their physical power, but because their disorganisation has the effect of disorganising you as a rival. And that’s when teams like ours suffer the most – in disorder.”
Mascherano said on other group counterparts:
“Iceland are a new team in the sense that they maybe don’t have a long football tradition but they’re a generation of players that have made history recently, with spectacular success at Euro 16, and qualifying ahead of Croatia.
“Croatia are a first-class side with top players, especially in the midfield, such as Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Rakitc, Perisic; a team to watch out. Quality squad!”
Nigeria will square up against the South Americans giants on Tuesday, June 26 in Saint Petersburg.