The Eagles were very lucky against Argentina that the score line didn’t end 7-2. Our midfield’s inability to match the Argies is my main worry going into this fixture.
And if we approach today’s game with the same tactics of being too open in the middle we may end up crashing out but if we stay compact, we will triumph against a mobile side like France.
The French team have shown that they can score with the number of goals they have in Brazil and we also take our chances.
Didier Deschamps boasts a well-balanced, happy squad, which they haven’t had in recent times and that’s their strength going on for them but the Eagles can make them pay if they press the French defence enough.
I don’t know who will replace Michael Babatunde in midfield but what I’m sure about is that the Eagles will miss his drive from midfield. He has been the revelation since featuring in our second game against Bosnia. I want to seize this opportunity to wish him speedy recovery.
However, Ahmed Musa played one of his best games in the colours of Nigeria against Argentina and if he can replicate that on Monday we will be more than a threat for the French defence. But he must do more if he wants to earn the rating he deserves.
It is in midfield where the French look strongest because they have got a mixture of players who offer everything they need in terms of aggression, energy and creativity which we don’t have, but we could force them to play our own style which is direct play. I believe we can nick it in 90 minutes.
One way of stopping France will be to play out Karim Benzema who leads the attack for them. So far he has scored three goals and provided two assists while Yohan Cabaye is one player who must not be given that room to orchestrate any attack from midfield.