Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has revealed why Super Eagles flopped in the opening 45 minute against Argentina in their pre-World Cup friendly match on Tuesday in Russia.
The captain highlighted the fact that Coach Gernot Rohr implored a 3-5-2 formation in the first half, which saw the Super Eagles trailed by two goals in the opening 36 minutes.
But the second half was a different ball game entirely.
”We played under the new system. We are not used to it, it needs to be studied. But any class team should have several tactical schemes,” Mikel said at the post-match press conference attended by Sport-Express Russia.
”At the beginning of the game, we did not look convincing because we needed time to get into the game.
”During the break, the coach told us a lot of encouraging words to raise the spirit of the team.
”Many replacements were made, new players entered well. They brought mobility to the team, and it brought us results.”
The game has helped to strengthen the fighting spirit of the team as they came from behind with two goals down to win the encounter in a dramatic manner.