Russia 2018

Eagles ready to ‘die on the pitch’ versus Argentina – Mikel

Captain of the Super Eagles John Obi Mikel admits that their clash against Argentina will be a tough challenge but he has promised the team will give their all to get a result in the encounter.

The Tiajan TEDA skipper said the team will defend well and stop not only Barcelona star Lionel Messi but the entire team, while they do their best to create chances and score goals.

”It is always difficult facing Argentina, this game is a do or die game, it is not like the first game of the group or the second game, this is the last game of the group. We have to die on the pitch,” Mikel said on KweseESPN TV.

”It’s obviously very hard to defend against (Lionel Messi). Both teams so far have done really well defending him, we have to see what we can do, how we can make sure we defend against him, not just against him but against the whole team.

”We have to play our game as well and make sure we create chances and score goals.”

Nigeria will take on two-time World Champions on Tuesday evening in their last group game.

A win for the West African side will see them advance into the Round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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