With barely 85days to the clash between Nigeria and perennial World Cup group stage rival and one of the tournament’s favourites, Argentina, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has revealed another possible way to ensure that FC Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, will not hurt his team in the match.
The Franco-German tactician knows the importance of the player’s influence in the Albeceleste and has insisted that the Argentine captain would not be man-marked during the match.
Rohr is also aware that the five-time world player of the year winner is managing his playing time for both club and country in other to be injury-free in the final quarter of the ongoing football season.
Messi may not play against the three-time African champions if things go on according to plans of the South American side.
“If Argentina wins its first two games, Messi may not want to play against us, that’s another possibility,” Rohr was quoted by www.fcbarcelonalive.com.
With this calculation, the Super Eagles coach hopes that Argentina will tame Iceland in their opening match and win again against Croatia in the second game before facing Nigeria in the last group tie which may not necessarily be a must win for the South American power house and thus parade a team without the their inspirational captain.