Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed optimism that the family atmosphere in his team will see them avoid defeat to Iceland in their must-win Group D game against Iceland in the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Friday.
The Super Eagles must go all out for victory to stand a chance of qualifying for the knockout stage of this summer’s World Cup.
Iceland will be banking on their impressive performance against Argentina which ended 1-1.
Speaking in his press conference in Volgograd on Thursday, Rohr said: “We’re living like a family, we have a plan and we won’t lose tomorrow.”
When quizzed whether the hot weather in Volgograd, venue of the match between Nigeria and Iceland, will favour the Super Eagles, Rohr responded: “Iceland will have a home game here tomorrow with thousands of fans in the stadium. The situation in the match against Croatia was the same. If the heat is an advantage for us then we’ll take it!”
Argentina were swept away in the second half by Croatiaq following goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
It was Croatia’s first win against a South American team at the World Cup after five meetings.
Reacting to the win, Dalic stated he was confident his team would progress from the group stage.
“From day one I’ve trusted my team. I didn’t believe we would be through after the second game, but I believed we would be through eventually. Argentina weren’t confused, we were excellent,” Dalic said in his post-match press conference.
“We’ve emerged from the group after two games. We’ve beaten Argentina with the best player in the world – Messi – and we played a fantastic match, everything was top notch. However, we have to be calm, humble, dignified, put in a good shift in a disciplined and responsible manner and as a team.
“I want my 22nd player in the squad to be as good as my first. Hunger and desire for victory: this is the only way we can achieve something. No one is happier than I am but I have to be calm, composed and keep my feet on the ground.”