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Rohr “Disappointed” Super Eagles Lost To “Better Team” Croatia

Rohr “Disappointed” Super Eagles Lost To “Better Team” Croatia

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Kaliningrad:

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his disappointment following the team’s 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their 2018 World Cup Group D opener on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

An own goal by Oghenekaro Etebo in the first half and a second-half penalty from Luka Modric sealed the win for Croatia.

The win means Croatia lead Group D on three points while Argentina and Iceland are joint-second on a point each following their 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.

“We’re really disappointed we lost this game,” Rohr said in his post-match press conference.

“Croatia were the better team. We could have come back into it in the second half after we started very well before the penalty against us.”

Rohr expressed hope that the Super Eagles will bounce back in their next game against Iceland on Friday.

He added: “We’re a young team, we’re learning and I hope in the next game against Iceland we will do much better.”

COMMENTS

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  • Naija Man 5 months ago

    Young team…:)? Mikel is young? Even Uzoho (formerly Odinaka) played U17 in UAE with Kelechi, Awoniyi and co in 2013. Subtract 5 from 19, you will get 14. So, Odinaka was 14 when he played in the U17? Ok o…
    They were not young when they played qualifiers without losing a single game? Are they young at their respective clubs too? Aren’t they professionals plying their trade overseas?
    ROHR acts like a saboteur to me. Just play your 3 games and return home.

    • Emmanuel 5 months ago

      Spot on. When someone tells you not to expect much before they step on the field, how committed do you think such a person is to your quest???
      Hiring a German coach will not necessarily translate into our boys playing like the German Mens National Team
      Here in the USA, we also learned that from Johan Klinsmann, the former German Team Captain, who is currently the US  Head Coach.  The US did not qualify for this WC.
      So whose bright idea is it to keep hiring these European has-been coaches  as mercinaries. First Laggerbach, now this guy Rorh??? Who hired him? Who found him? 
      Sorry, I don’t mind loosing to a good team, but I did not see anything from  our young team today that gives me hope for a promising future Super team. We should be playing like a team offensively by now
       He has failed to do that. Ball control & possession football was woefully lacking against a ball pressure team like Croatia.
      Our boys did not put any significant ball pressure against Croatia who did a good job spreading the ball around before undertaking their attack runs on our goal.Coach Rorh should make a player who looses possession to chase the ball and try to retrieve it from the opponent with out committing a foul.Maybe this will stop the careless handling of the ball, or careless passing of it. Or getting rid of the ball quickly to the next guy instead of hogging the ball.Another fundamental bad habit seen today was seeing our players waiting for long passes to get to them rather than running to the ball before the opponent intercepts it.We lost a lot of possessions that way today. Such mistakes ruins your attack flow.
      Notice the ball control, precise crisp passing of the Croats today???
      Their attacks were cohesive, smooth, with perfect placement of the ball.
      When they rapidly moved everyman knew where the other teammate was without looking. It was automatic. That’s the  kind of play RORH should be installing in the young men offensively. Not dribbling around in circles in the midfield, or backfield until they loose possession. 
      So there are lots of fundamental football,  and schemes issues that RORH MUST FIX IN 6 DAYS IF WE HOPE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN THIS GROUP. AT THIS POINT THESE SKILLS SHOULD BE A GIVEN FOR PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS. THEY MUST START TO PLAY LIKE A TEAM IMMEDIATELY, OR GO HOME W/O BEING A FURTHER DISGRACE TO THE NATION, & THE GAME.
      THE LAST COLUMBIAN PLAYER WITH AN OWN WC GOAL was assassinated at a bar in Colombia when he went back home.In some countries you don’t get to go back home if you commit such thing.Control your body. Learn how to. Its called Yoga, I Ching, etc, know where your body parts are.
      I played soccer for decades, and as a defender, I NEVER NEVER handled a ball inside the 18, or scored an own goal.
      I RARELY GOT HEAD- FAKED- OUT ON DEFENSE LIKE I SAW THAT HAPPENED TO OUR DEFENSE TODAY.  
      I ALWAYS TOLD MY PLAYERS TO IGNORE THE HEAD & BODY FAKES, & TO WATCH THE BALL & QUICKLY RESPOND W/O FOULING.
      IF YOU KNOW WHERE THE BALL IS, THAT ALSO HELPS YOU TO MANAGE YOUR FOOT TO MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
      COACH RORH YOU MUST WORK ON SET PIECES OFFENSIVELY AS WELL AS DEFENSIVELY
      THESE AREAS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OUR ACHILLES HEEL.

      SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL RORH TO DO HIS JOB. WE ARE NOT PLAYING LIKE HIS COUNTRY’S NATIONAL TEAM. WE NEED OUR REFUND BACK. LOL. OBVIOUSLY WE DID NOT LEARN FROM EX COACH LAGGERBACH OF SWEDEN EXPERIMENT. ARE WE THAT DUMB?
      Or is something fishy happening again???

    • Chima E Samuels 5 months ago

      Big spot on bro you know everything. We are not novice

  • Allen 5 months ago

    I expect him to shut up his mouth and stop given excuses…he played 4 friendly matches and lost three with a wrong formation..everyone expected him to stick with a 352 formation but as usual over Sabi killed..what a sad day!

  • AlatiseO 5 months ago

    I said Gernot Rohr needs to go. He’s not a good coach.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 5 months ago

    All we are saying ” Rohr must go”

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    Sorry coach Rohr, you failed. You failed Nigerians. Your selection was bad and your sub was very wrong. You must resigned. For Etobo, I will never blamed him for the own goal.

    For Ighalo, hmmm….. I have been saying this for a very long time that you can’t use Ighalo as a top striker. He doesn’t deserve to be wearing that no9. Sorry coach you have to change your thinking. You failed totally.

    For Shehu, if to say we have a good coach, he should have sub Shehu for Ebuehi in first half. Our coach waited until 3 minutes to try Simy.

    How could a coach sub Iwobi? Impossible is nothing but I think is over. If we bouncese back from this, we are going to win this year world cup.

    When is coach is going to use the 3–5-2 formation? To be honest, i don’t know. May be in 2022 world cup. Some people called us internet coaches here, who is better between internet coaches and super Eagles coach?

    Croatia were not better than us. If indeed you said that coach Rohr, you deserve to be fired right away. God gave us opportunity to beat this Croatia team but it was clear that the coach wasn’t good enough. Anyway ways. The deed already been done. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Daniel 5 months ago

      Omo9ja – I agree with you completely.

    • Joseph 5 months ago

      My brother you are so right. Using players in wrong positions his tactics are so wrong. He just made it worse for Nigerians. Mikel shouldn’t have played the attacking midfield Iwobi should have. If he stock to the friendly formation that gave Nigeria a more attacking result against Argentina…it would have eb best for him.

  • Im sorry , but its clear you guys want to play with our emotions, you guys dont give a shit how we feel back home, im sorry but this was bad coaching and tactics. Nigeria played a better game than Croatia. The worst team won.

  • presh 5 months ago

    All of you crucified Late Keshi,when Rohr was winning games all of you were busy praising him,now all of you have turned you back on him and some quality players. Let him do his job. I see the passion he got coaching Nigeria. We didn’t play that bad. If not for that goal. Come on. Reality,we lost.

    • Emmanuel 5 months ago

      We didn’t play well my brother ,we went into the game with a wrong formation and even a wrong tactical approach let’s all see this clear picture that Genot Rohr Has failed Nigerians,men this guy has no game plans

  • BabaDudu 5 months ago

    Heavenly Father, for those who watched the game and are depressed now, please when they grow old and the time to depart this sinful world draws nigh, please Father bestow unto them extra 2 hours in their lives, so they can make up for the 2 hours they wasted in their lives today.

    For those of us, who refused to watch, please shower us with an everlasting wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

    In Jesus’ name I pray.

    NOTE: DID I NOT TELL YOU?

  • Djeniko 5 months ago

    Gernot Rohr was busy talking instead of sitting down with his crew to see which formation works best- 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 3-4-2-1? He is still talking. Empty barrel or empty petrol drum make the loudest noise.

    • Agbon Onu 5 months ago

      Because Rohr’s selection has been influenced by Chief Coach Sanusi, Pinnick and vice president NFF. Ask what problem they have in Ihenacho? Why Moses,Troost -Ekong do not want Ihenacho taking our free kicks?
      There is heavy trouble in the squad and Onazi was fighting to correct these. Rohr has become over confident and I cant see his impact on this team as coach as was Westerhoff or Bonfere. I often said that our qualifying was through hard work from the boys.
      Recall when Rohr played South Africa with a selection of boys..we got trounced 2-0. His choice was influenced by Sanusi,Pinnick,and some other NFF blockheads.

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    Our players were busy dancing Shaku Shaku In camp yesterday, bunch of yeye players.

  • NaijaRealcoach 5 months ago

    Somebody said we praise Rohr when he was winning games. Playing against African Nations is different from playing rest of the world and l want to believe that’s why NFF usually shop foreign coaches besides other obvious reasons that l won’t mention here. But common, teams do lose games, but understandably. When right tactics, right selection, right formation failed, people would appreciate the game and understand that’s a game, shit happens. But when a coach actually acted dumb and stupid. It called for investigations. Who in the world has not advised against that formation? He tried it in several matches and saw that it never worked. Not even teams having world best players like Messi and Ronaldo keep 1 player upfront to go do miracle with average midfield squad and long passes from the back. Haba in 2018? And to do that against a team that’s well known for solid midfield and defence? I kinda blame Mikel as the captain for not knowing when to sit down and lead from the bench, and as the captain, when the coach is acting like he’s sabotaging your team’s chance to succeed, he’s a foreigner in the end, and this is your country, nothing is wrong in standing up to say no sir, we used this pattern and failed all the time, this is the world cup, we are the ones working on the field and our people will not forgive easily.

  • Greenturf 5 months ago

    After the game against Poland I lost interest in the super eagles.
    I think the problem we have is the coach.Rohr changed Nigerian attacking style to defensive.Relying on counter attack to wove forward.
    Apparently Nigeria I know is not good at defending.Our best for of defence is yo attract.
    I cannot comment because I didn’t see the match

    • Count your blessings that you didn’t see the match; it was awful.

      Awful awful awful.

  • ROHR is a sabo,
    I said after the England match that this man either lost on purpose, or he is incompetent.
    How do you play defensive and expect to win ?
    Friday night, I commented here , and I said he must stick to the 3-5-2 formation that has worked. No more experiments.
    Take the game to Croatia and don’t sit back like we did.
    All he needed to win this match was;
    Start our wanna be Mesi (moses) as LWB
    EBUEHI RWB, JOHN OGU,EKONG, BALOGUN, as back three.
    Ndidi, Mikel, seat deal. Etebor, Iwobi and Iheanacho.
    Halftime, sub Mikel with Simmy. Move Iwobito center, sub Musa for Iheanacho.
    That’s it.
    3 points would have been in the bag.

    Rohr lost on purpose.
    Rohr must go.

  • Ndidi and mikel Sit deap

  • Bestsports. 5 months ago

    COACH ROHR SABOTAGING NIGERIA WORLD CUP!
    mikel obi wasn’t even there! Nigeria team lacked and showed No effort, no fight, no tackle, no hunger, no ideas, wrongest tactics and formation and line up!
    Rohr was like shehu and ighalo qualified us so whether they perform or not they must play on even if they both suck!
    Friendly matches are meant to know ur TEAM but Rohr stuck with our pattern which was ok in Africa but outdated in European football! We saw that a 3-5-2 was suitable to get out and play football outside Africa but they stucked to a tried and testedly failed formation and gifted Croatia a win. Any award for been a young team? Where is ideye experience? Where is Efe Ambrose experience? Kelechi and his brother were supposedly unscouted and undiscovered? Nigeria na wa! Where is our YOUTH tried n tested goal predators? Awoniyi, osimeh, usma sadik, musa MOHAMMED and the nwakalis? Nigeria is never serious instead They turned our to national enterprise to make for bribery and corruption and money change hand company!
    My verdict is. No need to form prayers when you are so poor a team! Play your last two matches and deservedly GET sent OUT and sack Rohr without FURTHER delay! WE HAVE FINIDI AMUNIKE AND PETER IJEH AND ADEPOJU WITH THE UEFA LICENCE A COACHING QUALIFICATION. SALISU YUSUF IS A YES SIR COACH AND SHOULD BE SACKED. IGHALO AND MIKEL CHINA PRODUCT MUST BE THANKED AND SUBSEQUENTLY IGNORED FOREVER. AMAJU PINNICH MUST BE KICK OUT! Because failure na failure NO EXCUSE AND EXPLANATION.

    • Kekee 5 months ago

      I think you have evil intention and biases. So you could insult Pinnick,Rohr,Mikel ,Ighalo the way you did because we lost a game?If Modrick,Iniester,etc were Nigerians,you guys would have blackmailed them to retire. Have we not try a Super Eagles without these players you are critising ,has it been even as good as it is now. Stop being sensational.I agree we could change formation but selling Iwobi like his uncle JJ Okotcha is doing is a bit out of football.We have to move a step at a time. Senior players teach the young ones to maturity before given way……

  • Ajah sylvester dominic 5 months ago

    What do we need to get other than heartbreak from super eagles?. Opening the world cup with 2-0 defeat. What a shame?. And the German is talking about getting better against Icelanders. It is too late to tell him to go because if he goes,i think any other majic will end a story. Nigeria is found of blaming coach and no blame to players who call themselves super stars playing in big teams in Europe. Now tell me, if super eagles couch were to coach Brazilian team, wouldn’t they do well. The fault lies on the players 45% and the rest will go to the poor coach

  • Buhari 5 months ago

    This match only revealed the coach does not know anything.Everybody is talking about how they can’t defend set pieces & miss the real point. Our players were played out of position and were not effective. He stuck with the same game plan that was not working till the end. The annoying part is that Croatia didn’t even play much, we just gifted them 3 points.

  • Atere Michael Oluwasegun 5 months ago

    I swear, Croatia did not play upto my expectation at all. Look at how they played. Imagine what would have happened if we had played attacking football. Their keeper was just enjoying him day. This is very very very annoying. Haba now, why can’t our gameplay improve. Is the worldcup and experimental or training ground. Coach Rohr Fu*ked up big time. I wouldn’t blame the players because only God knows what he told them. Just total defensive play and no be say the defense solid like that self. It will take a miracle to beat Iceland with this rubbish gameplay. As for Argentina, Just forget it.

  • knonso 5 months ago

    All of you should. Just shut up!!! You are all bad losers. This team work in progress. The last time I checked, our opponent played with 6 players from Real Madrid, Barca, Juve and Athletico Madrid. The have built momentum in the last 8years. Even if we don’t make it to 2nd round, there is 2022 coming. Rohr has done a very good work from the rag team left by Sunday Oliseh and must be supported to push further

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 months ago

    Rohr needs to use his personnel right. Nigeria plays with pace, power and skill. Moses, Musa, Iheanacho in attack. Iwobi, Ndidi and Etebo in midfield. Ebuehi, Balogun, Ekong and Idowu in defense. Mikel can come in to stabilize the game. Mikel is not a number 10, he’s been a good servant, but Iwobi should be our number 10 henceforth. SuperEagles plays with gusto and panache, we’ve never been a defensive team that’s why Mikel really can’t do much offensively. Ighalo should never come anywhere near our jersey again. I can’t imagine how Kelechi did not start that game.

    I really don’t know how we can beat Iceland and Argentina. I’ve resolve to the fact that we’ll play three games and come back home, but if we can get the right personnel on the field for next game anything can happen as the group is still wide open.

  • Those that keep claiming Mikel should sit on the bench should just calm down, for the past two years now Nigeria has only managed to win one game without Mikel playing. All the coach needs to do is to bring Mikel backwards to a more defensive role.

  • Look, Nigerian soccer fans may be vociferous, but most have solid knowledge, and a long memory. Some may sarcastically refer to people who have differing opinions as “internet coaches.” But is the output of a ‘professional coach’ like Rohr any different? This guy played several games and tried several tactical approaches. Some were better, but he has sworn to stick with an out-dated system that does not yield results. Igallo has not scored in many games for Nigeria, but Rohr has sworn to stick with Igallo. What’s that? Has Igallo’s agent settled Rohr? Is Rohr a double agent? Is he on the payroll of some countries who have sworn that an African country should not win the World Cup? Some of these Western countries can do anything to further their interest.

    You may dismiss my assertions, thinking that I have read too many thriller fiction. Yes, I have, but in this world many things are more real than fiction. Rohr should be investigated.

  • 99.9 of naija no sabi ball, all dey no is wining wining wining……… we lost dat match tactically dis is were I miss Kanu, all d trap set by our coach, non of them work. if not for d penalty, I strongly believe anything is possible. Balogun and Moses foul in d box but ignore and first foul committed trough out the 90min in our box was giving by the Brazilian Ref, No Excuses for failure. but for me, with Roir, Nigeria team as future. kudos to Croatia coach, d better team won d March. NOTE : Not qualifying from d group of death, does not make us a bad team (the lowest rank team in that group)

  • I always wondered why i was couch was a white man when we have well trained nigerian couches. Does Nigeria think this guy will give a fuck if we lose the world cup? It’s not his country!
    The match was a disgrace to mostly nigerians who attended the match live. The super eagles simply lack proper training because all the goals were caused by ourselves!
    The first goal was caused by a foolish defender who held another player as if he were in a WWE match.
    The other player did his best but sadly scored himself. I don’t blame him, things happen.
    BUT this couch has to be changed after we have lost the world cup!

  • Vincent Akanmode 5 months ago

    Gernot Rohr defeated Nigeria.

  • Its obvious Knonso, vinsaint and jaye are d only sensible fans on this page. These so called Nigerians chose to 4get that we are d lowest ranked team in that group. Rohr and his team did not go into that match expecting defeat. If his tactics was so bad why didnt d croatians score from open play. We had a bad day in office, it happens, instead of looking for a scape goat we ought to encourage d SE to pick themselves up and try to do better in d remaning games so we can progress to d next round. As far as I am concerned when there is life there is hope. If croatia play argentina and iceland the same way they played nigeria they will not get more than a point in both games, another point is that the argentina I saw against iceland are not so formidable, Hopefully we will gather enough points from both remaining matches to get us to round 16.

  • dowell 5 months ago

    lol…. maybe Rhor is still hiding is tactics for Iceland and Argentina when we loose the three matches he will now revel it on FIFA 18.

  • ABBA KAUMI 5 months ago

    THAT ONE NA TECHNICAL FAILURE

  • gowetok 5 months ago

    Mexico beat favorite with a young team of players with belief and boldness. That is That is Eagles they look exalt their Opponents a lot and lose self believe in the process. The formation and
    set of players who
    beat Argentina 4:2
    will have beaten
    Croatia hands
    down.Mr Rohr has
    been quoted as
    saying that he can’t
    play 3 at the back
    against Croatia. but
    who among Croatian
    strikers is as
    technical and strong
    as Arguero and Di
    Maria? Moreovwr in
    a 3 5 2 formation
    the wings back also
    act has defenders so
    technically u defend
    with 5 players
    instead of the
    traditional 4.In
    attack against
    Argentina Kelechi
    was involved in 3 of
    the goals. He is
    Nigeria’s deadliest
    striker at the
    moment.
    Unfortunately he is
    not an out and out
    striker meaning u
    must pair him with
    another striker.
    meaning Nigeria
    cannot play with a
    lone striker. Pair
    Kelechi with
    someone.He knows
    how to create
    chances or score if
    he as a chance.
    Moreover he showed
    against Argentina
    that he can score
    free kicks and
    deliver pin point
    corners kicks. Build
    our attack around
    him. Finally V
    Moses have shown
    against Croatia that
    he is the best wing
    back in the
    supereagles. Play
    him as a wing back
    in a 3:5;2 formation
    against Iceland