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Pascal: Friendly Defeats Will Motivate Eagles In Russia

Pascal: Friendly Defeats Will Motivate Eagles In Russia

By Kayode Ogundare:
The Super Eagles have learnt valuable lessons from their back-to-back losses in pre-World Cup friendly matches against England and Czech Republic and these will motivate them to do well when the competition kicks off in Russia, the team’s coordinator Patrick Pascal has told completesportsnigeria.com.
Speaking exclusively to CSN from the team’s training base in Bad Tatzmanndsdorf, Austria on Monday night, Pascal insists the players are in high spirits as they prepare for Monday’s trip to their base camp in Yessentuki, Russia.
“The essence of the training camp and friendly games are to perfect strategies for the World Cup and if they don’t lose games or make mistakes like these, we may falsely think that they are unbeatable. Now that we have seen the mistakes, the coaching crew is working round the clock to correct them and I can assure you that those defeats will become blessings in disguise when the competition starts. It is better to lose now when you have the chance to correct them than to win all our friendly games and lose when we get to the World Cup,” the former Nigerian international said.
Nigeria had lost 2-1 to England at Wembley on June 2 and 1-0 to the Czech Republic four days later, sparking concerns from Super Eagles fans about the team’s chances at the World Cup.
Pascal said: “The players spirits are high even though they also felt bad to lose those games but the coaches have continued to work with them and I can assure Nigerians that the team will give a good account when the chips are down. We have a young team that’s not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. The fans will see how much the team has learnt by Saturday (when we play Croatia in the opening game).”
According to the former 3SC utility player, the Super Eagles will leave for Russia after morning training on Monday.
“As I speak to you, the players and officials are alreading packing their stuff now but we have one last training session on Monday morning. After that, we will head out to the airport by 2.30pm Austrian time for the trip to Russia. Today, the coach gave everybody the afternoon off because e have trained twice a day since we got here. Now that this phase of the training camp is ended, we cannot wait for the final phase to commence in Russia before the competition.”
Nigeria are grouped in group D with Croatia, debutants Iceland and two-time winners Argentina.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Beejay 5 months ago

    Nah…. I disagree. Friendly defeats show a systemic flaw in our team selection and set up. Onazi, Joel Obi, Brian Idowu have all flopped. We have not scored more than a goal in our last 4 matches. Our defenders are slow, dodgy in defending and unassured in tackles. Mikel Obi is very slow. I see us packing our bags even before playing our last match against Argentina. Kelechi Nwakali, Ebube Duru and Sadiq Umar would have given us more flexibility.

    • prime 5 months ago

      oga which one is ebube duru again??

      • Bomboy 5 months ago

        @ Prime, please help me ask him! Soon they will be recommending my grandmother to Rohr. 9ja people!

  • Edoman 5 months ago

    kelechi and Musa Mohammed should have been in .

  • fasasi kunle 5 months ago

    I don’t know what people want to hear. Shall we withdraw and come back home? England is not a small team at all even brazil drew with them in friendly match. You people want Nigeria to play friendly with Lesotho and chad and beat them 5-0, 7-0.and go to Russia with arrogance mind. Even if we beat Czech and england does it mean we would win world cup in Russia. Let have positive mind and appreciate what coach and his people doing. My prayer is that they get it right during the tournament inshah Allah.

    • stephen 5 months ago

      you are right nigeria pple do not appreciat what they have.they believe we must play like Barcelona to win the world cup or real Madrid.I beg appreciat our players soar superegle

    • Thanks bro.Tell them.