Maradona Gives Nigeria Hope Against Argentina


Former Argentina captain and coach, Diego Armando Maradona has given Nigeria hope of beating his country at this year’s World Cup, as he believes La Albiceleste are going to the competition without a leader.

Though Argentina have beaten Nigeria four times in past World Cup group matches, the first of which saw him banned for drugs after testing positive at USA ’94, Maradona is worried that the super eagles will finally break the jinx this year in Russia.

Nigeria will face Argentina in their final Group D fixture at Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on June 26, ahead of which Maradona again criticized the team’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli for his choice of players.

The Napoli hero admitted that he is very skeptical about Argentina’s chances because of the manager’s tactics and acknowledged that the Super Eagles, Iceland and Croatia will not be easy opponents.

”I have many doubts, many doubts. Hopefully it goes well already in the first round. It’s Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia, and it’s not easy, it’s not easy.

”With a team that has no experience, that has no leader, that has no game plan … It seems to me that we are risking a lot of prestige, that we win, and that we are throwing it away.

”I got news from Argentina that he wants to play 2-3-3-2. It’s ridiculous, it was played in 1930,” THE Argentina legend submitted.


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