'Group Of Death' Has Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland In 2018

'Group Of Death' Has Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland In 2018

On this week's episode of the "NESN Soccer Show", Courtney Cox, Marc DiBenedetto and Marcus Kwesi O'Mard join the debate and determine Group D - Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria - deserves the "Group of Death" moniker.

Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr took out time to share his thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of Group D opponents Argentina, Croatia and Iceland and also hinted about what Nigeria must do to come out of the group in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams".

The draw comes 17 days after Rohr's men stunned Argentina by recovering from two goals down to win 4-2 in Krasnodar. "They cannot play as badly as they are doing", said Maradona after the draw in Moscow.

It's the fifth time that the Super Eagles will be playing Argentina in the group phase of the World Cup since their first appearance at U.S. 1994. We are realistic, we wait for the draw and afterwards, we will organise our planning and our friendly games.

"This is a hard group, but I think we can spring a surprise".

The closest the Eagles have tackled the Croats was in a pre-World Cup warm-up against Yugoslavia in May 1998.

"They are a very good team". That same encounter also saw Lionel Messi score a brace to help Argentina finish top of Group F with three wins from three games.

World Champions Germany will slug it out with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, while five-time champions Brazil have to contend with Switzerland Costa Roca and Serbia.

"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".

"The minimum target is to have a good performance and have a good attitude", he said. At the moment, they are one of the best teams in Europe and beat Greece 4-1 in the play-offs so we have to be prepared and ready for them.

"I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round", he said. "But I am confident that we can make it out of the group", he said.

But facing Lionel Messi and Argentina, ranked fourth in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association, will be another challenge.

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