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Rohr Set To Make Super Eagles Play 3-5-2 Vs Croatia

Rohr Set To Make Super Eagles Play 3-5-2 Vs Croatia

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is torn between deploying a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3 formation when his side take on Croatia in their opening group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The German, 64, has been trying out th​is two formations in their training ​sessions in Austria but ​he ​seems to prefer a 3-5-2 as it offers the team more solidity at the back,​ a camp source revealed to CSN.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva midfielder John Ogu has been deployed as one of the three defenders alongside William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun in a 3-5-2 formation in the team’s last two training games.

In midfield, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Obi and Alex Iwobi were flanked by wing-backs Tyronne Ebuehi and Bryan Idowu.

In attack Victor Moses played off Odion Ighalo.

The Super Eagles were much more solid playing in a 3-5-2 formation in the second halves of their defeats to England and Czech Republic.

“He (Rohr) has been trying out several systems in training but we don’t know which one he will settle for,” the camp source told CSN.

“But he has laid more emphasis on it (3-5-2) so well. But its either the 3-5-2 or he reverts to a 4-3-3.”

Nigeria are drawn alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

COMMENTS

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  • Since he wants to play 352 formation.he better use joel obi as the left wingback,he is a natural left footer and also faster and has more experience than idowu.and he has played that particular wing for intermilan.

    • It will be more comfortable to have a natural left footer at the left wing back inorder to make it easier to cross in balls freely to the attackers from the left flank.our best option at right wingback is ebuehi he is a modern day fullback’and i believe omeruo is more of a beast than ogu,he should complete the back three.(rohr i wish these gets to you,just think about it)

      • How come na you sabi the players past Rohr who has been working with them over the days and has enough tabs on them from their prospective clubs???

      • Nuhu abdulrahman 5 months ago

        Right using natural foot is always better especially in 3 men defense

    • Markyboy 5 months ago

      I buy that ideA bro, makes solid sense, Bryan Idowu is not good for me, he shouldn’t be on that list I don’t know why he has been picked. Even crossing the ball he is more comfortable with his right leg.

  • Cappaccino 5 months ago

    Playing Victor Moses as a striker alongside Ighalo will not help the attack to this team. Victor Moses plays as a wing back for Chelsea. I think playing Iheanacho is better because he is a natural striker as compared to Victor Moses who plays from the wings. Or better still, Iwobi should be used alongside Ighalo and Etebo in mid field. My point is for the coach to stop playing these players out of their natural positions.

    • Do you know Iheanacho doesn’t use right leg? No coach Will use him as top stricker. Pep Guadiola tried him, he failed. Even at Leicester, coach use tell him to learn how to use right leg but all to know avail. Victor Moses has ability to use both leggs. Orion Ighalo with Moses partnership is a good one for us

      • Isaac 5 months ago

        @David, then how come he bagged 2 assists and a goal against Argentina? Nigeria wouldn’t have scored goals against Argentina if Moses was in that game because he will always thwarted Nigeria’s quick and sleek counters with his sluggish football and try to dribble defenders instead of passing. Victor Moses only cleaned up his own mess against Poland in that friendly with that penalty he won as Nigeria had a lot of counter attacking chances that Victor Moses thwarted as a result of his attempts to dribble instead of passing. Iheanacho just needs a striking partner in Iwobi to go great. They both have good understanding with Mikel playing behind them. He is even more mobile than even Ighalo, so apart from goalscoring, he can draw defenders to himself with his runs and create more space and opportunity for the likes of Iwobi to score. He also positions better than Ighalo whose unintelligent positioning coupled with low mobility made it difficult for the midfielders to create chances for him in recent friendlies. The coach should drop sentiments and start Iwobi and Iheanacho as false 9s and see if Nigeria won’t score goals.

        • Theophilus 5 months ago

          @Issac I totally agree with you on this. I wish Gernot Rohr could see your analysis. Ighalo isn’t a threat to any average defense wall. Iwobi and Iheanacho understands each other a lot from what we saw in our match against Zambia (second leg) and Argentina (friendly). I wish the Super Eagles all the best in Russia..

      • Markyboy 5 months ago

        Iheanacho my foot….he has not improved himself that was why goardiola sent him packing. You can see the way Sane plays even with only his left leg, we can manage to comm on in the second half. He can’t even top strike he just merry go round with the ball… please

        • Kelvin paul 5 months ago

          @markyboy,pls let be realistic and objective here,we all Nigerians and wish the guys best of luck.Saying negative about players is not good enough we only making suggestions the players that will fit in to our style of play,pep selling iheanacho to leceister does not mean the guy is not good pls

    • Lol. Rohr playing players out of their natural positions

  • Idowu will improve against Croatia. He will also help the team defensively. I don’t trust Joel obi again. Iwobi should be deployed as 10 with ndidi and Mikel sitting behind him. We are good to go.

  • Is not about improvement.we need our flanks to be very flexible.how many succesful football country in the world uses a right footer as there first choice left fullback or left wing back.we lack crosses in our game and idowu does not have that pace and is still panicking.

  • Phenix 5 months ago

    352 uzoho ekong Leon ogu ebuehi etebo ndidi iwobi idowu Moses kelechi. This team will beat Brazil easily

  • I told my friends after beating Argentina 4:2 that this result was possible because there was no Victor Moses in this team on that day.
    The two goals by Iwobi and the one from Idowu were all 1-2 touches.
    Mos3s holds ball uneccessarily too long, kill counter attack by his delay and too much dribbling, “a wanna be Neymar”, let him be Victor Moses, it’s ok. Very much ok for him to be himself.
    I wish we will deploy that same second half team that defeated Argentina in November 201 as our starting line up against Croatia.
    Good luck any way.

    • Dr. Innocent Nwora 5 months ago

      CJ, I understood your feelings, but Victor Moses is a good player he attacks and also defends. We need him to hold that ball is some occasions to cause threat to the opponent’s final third. Yes, good players hold ball to aggregate defenders to him thereby creating scoring opportunities to second attackers.

      • Isaac 5 months ago

        and how many chances did he create in recent friendlies with such individualist football? Against Poland he thwarted Nigeria’s counter attacks by trying to hold on to the ball and lost possessions most of the time else Nigeria would scored more than one goal in that game. Don’t tell me about the penalty he won because he only cleaned up his own mess with that penalty which he wasn’t able to do in subsequent friendlies

        • kenny 5 months ago

          Moses was the highest goal scorer in our qualifier you remember, Moses is not a slow player.

    • Jimi Morgan 5 months ago

      Moses was the one world class player during the qualifiers. But the Super Eagles play best ass a team, like Germany. Is it the Eagles of Algeria, Camoroun or the Eagles of Argentina? I believe most in an Eagles with a traditional no 9 but it’s Moses able to help out defense. So 4–2-1- 2-1. So, Ndidi and Ogu or Ndidi and Etebor play behind Mikel. Any combination of Moses, Iwebo, Ihenacho or Musa to support Ighalo or Simi. It is possible to drop Ighalo and use any of the four I mentioned.

      The 5-2-1-2 or 5-3-2  worked in 2nd half against Argentina without Moses and against England and Czech with Moses. However, the team did not jell in last two matches. The team work was missing! The 9 days before Croatia should re-generate the team work, 

      Can we start with the 5 man defense? Ebuehi might not be as effective from the start. His attacking play is important. It frees up play thru the middle for forwards and midfielders. 

    • @CJ you are spot on on your analysis we were able to outclass the Argentine because they couldn’t cope with our fast transition in that match & that was our secret punch in that friendly & will still work wonders for us but I fear that this white messiah coach will in the name of fielding big star players like he did against England by Victor Moses/ Ighalo which will spell doom for the Eagles, Victor Moses is a good player but his unnecessary dribbles delays our fast transition that our opponents find difficult to handle because our quick passes creates chances for those goals against Argentina so its up to the Coach to get it right by not starting Victor Moses/Ighalo in the first half of our game against Croatia .Up Super Eagles .

  • PapaFem 5 months ago

    Against Croatia, we should have more men in the midfield. 3-5-2 appears to be the best bet for now because of its flexibility and the extra man it provides in the midfield. If we stifle Raktic and Modric, we are as good as winning the match. Moses and Iwobi are threats anytime, any day. And with the passes coming from Mikel, I don’t think we will have problem dislodging the Croats if we are properly organized at back. But Rohr should look at the case of Idowu. He lacks the skill and the finesse of a modern wing back. He looks like a full back than a wing back to me. Unlike Ebuehi, he’s flat-footed, poor in decision making and crosses. A good wing back should be good in 1v1, fast, good at crosses and great at marking. That’s why most managers convert traditional attacking wingers to wing backs. We could all see how Victor Moses and Ashley Young have been in that position. Other players could be tested in training in that position or Idowu worked upon, if we want to maximize that benefit.

    • Bryan Idowu is only playing to the instructions of the coach in that left wing. Idowu can gel with the team formation anyway anyhow.

      • emmexy07 5 months ago

        young man, @ David, I refuse to concur wit ur statement saying Brian Idowu is playing to d coach’s instruction..i bliv u didn’t notice d terrible crosses he made In our last friendly, or was dat also part of d coach’s instruction….Idowu beta up his games else he would be dropped to d bench…how I wish Ola Aina made d list.

        • @emmexy07 typical naija sense u didn’t notice the last minute tackle idowu did more than once but u spot the missed cross Mmm; well to me idowu is fast paced and beta than aina who in my opinion is very slow doesn’t defend

  • Our coach should play 3-5-2 formation because Croatians are strong in the midfield so we need a formation that will make us hold them well. For me I suggest Balogun, Ekong and Omeruo in that oder. Ebuehi and Idowu wing back,Mikel Ndidi, Iwobi midfield Victor moses and Igalo off front. Between Uzoho and Ezenwa should handle the goal post for the eagles.

  • Ayphillydegreat 5 months ago

    The 3-5-2 to me is our best bet to make some noise in Russia. That’s the only way we can be more solid in defense. After watching Croatia against Senegal I have a feeling that they’re in for a surprise when they take on the SuperEagles on Saturday. Senegal could’ve scored about 4 goals if not for their profligacy. Once Modric and Rakitic are closed down in midfield we’ll have the upper hand. Both Mikel and Ndidi will have to battle hard in the middle to nullify Modric and Rakitic.

    However, I’m not comfortable with Ogu, Idowu and Ighalo in that line up. I’ll prefer a no nonsense business like Omeruo in the back three with Ekong and Balogun. Idowu is not a natural left footer and he looks fidgety with the ball on his feet. He’s ok as a full back, but definitely not good enough as a wing back. Like someone said earlier I would like the gaffer to deploy Joel Obi in that left wing back role in a 3-5-2 formation as part of the 5 midfielders.

    When we have Mikel, Ndidi and Iwobi in the middle, Obi can provide cover when defending and also an outlet when attacking. I’ve watched him play that role with aplomb while at Inter and have flourished as a left sided midfielder for Torino this past season scoring 6 goals in all competitions. I won’t be confident with Idowu in that position. Instead I’ll prefer Echiejile for his experience to play that role.

    Finally, Iheanacho or Nwankwo should play as the top striker if Nigeria want to score goals at the Mundial. With Ighalo as our top striker I’m afraid SuperEagles may not pose a significant goal threat in Russia. He runs and work hard for the team, but his end product is absolutely abysmal. Therefore, in place of Ogu, Idowu and Ighalo it should be Omeruo, Obi and Iheanacho/Nwankwo. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# THE WINGS OF AFRICAN PRIDE.

    • CHYBYKE 5 months ago

      Omeruo??Have you forgotten so soon that he is an error prone player!!Chidozie Awaziem is better than Omeruo

  • The argument is not that Victor Moses is not a good player.
    He surely is one of our best players.
    But he doesn’t play #8 or #10 for Chelsea.
    And we don’t have the Eden hazards and bolo kantes in our squad.
    We are more like the Arsenal.
    We need to have a fast movement on and off the ball.
    Yes there are times we need someone to keep possession longer, yes those time he should.
    Again what we need in the team of average players is fast play go disorient our opponents.

    Someone should tell him to stop wasting set pieces.
    Let Mikel take them if Iheanacho is not on the field, even John Ogu can be given opportunity.
    And why don’t the SE train for that?
    Have designated players for set pieces.
    It surely will help and not hurt.
    Victor Moses, again is not a bad player,he actually few of the big club players in the current bunch.

    Soar high , fly and surprise us at the m undial.
    I can only be surprised by this team .

  • I think Rohr should use zidane system by playing four or five midfielders, mikel, etebo, ndidi, Joel obi Will be good to start. Then use igaloh , and iwobi up front because moses is not fit yet he could come on in the second half. Then at the back he should use echijile, because he is a team player than idewu. Then complete it with ekong, balogun, and shehu with uzohu as our keeper. Sincerely this team will beat craotia .

  • Anuife 5 months ago

    I think it will be good if roar can you the pear or iwobi and kelechi the matches against Zambia and Argentina said it all they seam to have perfect understanding of each other game

  • Thank you everybody. Coach Gernot Rorh knows the best players and the best tactics that suits Croatia and Iceland even Argentina and Merci. He has been paid to get the job of selection and supervision done. I know he wants to win as well. Soar Super Eagles .

  • Omo9ja 5 months ago

    @Ayphillydegreat, may God answer all your prayers bro. I agreed with you big time. I said the same thing last week that Iheanacho or Nwankwo Simy should be are main strikers.

    With Ighalo, as our main striker hmm, I have no hope in the front. He is a good player but the coach Rohr needs to think twice before making his decision on who will be our main striker.

    I don’t want to talk about “sentiment” anymore because I am tired of that word. He should start Simy against Croatia team on Saturday and I’m pretty sure that Simy will deliver.

    CSN should please make this known to coach Rohr before our first match in Russia. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Beejay 5 months ago

    Great comments guys. Brian Idowu should not start regardless of the formation we play. He lacks confidence and skill. I would rather we play Etebo or Echiejile in his stead. Also John Ogu is a good player but he lacks pace and would be easily beaten by Mandzukic and Kramaric.

  • Edoman 5 months ago

    Simy yes, Odion No.

  • It is difficult to trust omeruo and joel obi, considering the pass outputs. an ogu will be preferred, but, he should be played in proper position. Go! Fly SE

  • Sunnyb 5 months ago

    I can’t believe people advocating for never improved Iheanacho to lead our attacks. It’s well.

  • John Cena 5 months ago

    I am surprised that at this stage, people can still clamour for Joel Obi to be used as a wing back just because he has played in that position before at his former club, and not in Nigeria. Joel played 3 or more friendlies for Nigeria and was poor all through. It is not wise to use players in positions where they are not yet tested before and this is the tournament proper not another friendly where mistakes can be forgiven. The risk is just too high my people

  • Ibeh Don 5 months ago

    hello, I love your discussion. 3-5-2 formation is the best for our super eagles.

  • Kweli 5 months ago

    I am with you on that brother CJ. Moses may be very talented but doesn’t seem to get the best out of himself and making others look good. He may turn out to be a liability for the team for the very reasons you mention. I hope he proves us wrong. All the same, good luck to the Super Eagles.

  • Greenturf 5 months ago

    It’s hard to suggest correctly the right players for each position unless you are at the helms of affairs where players are observed from close range.
    I quite understand concerns over certain players and their poor input for the team especially Ighalo who seems to win the gaffers trust even against poor returns for the team .The reason Ighalo is always picked ahead of other strikers in the team is because Iheanacho has not faired better and Simmy though good but has not proved to be better than Ighalo.So the centre forward of the team needs reviewing after the world cup.The likes of Awoniyi and bin polled Sadiq Umar should be given a look in to give good competition to Ighalo.Awoniyi moving to gent would put him in the right spot.
    I believe Gernot Rohr has the magic wand to steer this team to greater heights.So we shouldn’t worry too much about who is to play or not.End of the day the coach will take all the blame should the team fails and all the praises should they succeed.
    I can only wish the super eagles a successful tournament in Russia.Thank you everyone.

  • well for me I will love Nigeria to use 4-2-1-3 formation

  • Djeniko 5 months ago

    Wonderful comments and recommendations. The good thing isbthat Gernot Rohr is reading all these and from report in different newspapers and websites, he is somehow implementing many of these recommendations. This is our project and so all hands should be on deck. Itsva collective thing. Whether one is a chronic critics or a chronic ‘see nothing wrong with the Super Eagles,’ we gave one aim and it is that the Super Eagles should perform well.

    • Ehenachor is a natural mid field er , his passes are wonderful to behold at d youth tournament but I wonder why the coach  is forcing him into playing attack is it bcos  of mickel? Mickel can play as  a defensive midfielder ie  blocking  4 while ehenachor shud play attacking midfielder ie10  omeruo shud join d 3 defenders at a  3-5-2 formations, goodluck super eagles at worldcup.

      • Adebayo Olayimika 5 months ago

        You have said the best thing today concerning Iheanacho. Iheanacho’s career was derailed the moment he moved to Man City as a striker. Iheanacho should have followed his path from the U17 tournament that brought him to lime light.
        Iheanacho is not a Striker. He played behind Awoniyi Taiwo as an attacking midfielder, precisely 10, and thrilled the world with his passes. Accurate pin point passes to Taiwo Awoniyi. i am so sad each time i remember this.

  • Ralph 5 months ago

    Victor Moses should rather be deployed to the left wing back position. That will help us both defensively and in attack as well. He knows how to kill our counter attacking moves, and fails to link up well with others. We should also consider playing Simmy Nwankwo as he poses a certain trait from set piece. Croatia have got some players that are good from aerial balls, Mandzucik and Persic to mention few. I think Simmy would help nullify their traits from set piece. Moses should take Idowus position in thatthe team,while Iheanacho and Simmy leads the attack for us. Ighalo doesn’t seem to me like a modern day striker. His inability to beat the offside trap baffles me seriously.I believe the coach knows the best. Soar Eagles. Russia here we come!!!

    • Haymaker 5 months ago

      Great comment. A couple of days ago I was also thinking about the possibility of playing Moses as a left wing back instead of the useless Idowu. But the issue is whether Moses would want to play there and work as hard as he does for Chelsea where he plays as a wing back. In the SE he feels he is the best creative option and I don’t think he would humble himself to play in the left wing back position.

      Same with Mikel- these 2 players see themselves as too big to fight for the team. In their minds, the lesser known players should be doing the grunt work while they relax and try to create forward plays. That mentality is killing our team and Onazi rightly pointed that out.

      • Nwaebonyi 5 months ago

        @Haymaker why use the word “USELESS” on Idowu, bros this not right let’s try to respect this guys i’m sure they will make use happy in Russia

        • Haymaker 5 months ago

          Nwaebonyi, my bad. Point noted. I meant to say the ineffective Idowu.

      • You are so right.we should play two centre midfield.ndidi and mikel should be directly in front of the deffenders while iwobi handles the no 10 role and also support the striker.

    • Thanks Ralph my thoughts exactly. The heights of kelechi and Simy upfront will trouble the Croat defenders and also help our defense during corners and free kicks. Watch Ronaldo for real Madrid when the opposing team has a corner, he is often the 1st line of defense bcos of his height and heading abilities. We can easily deploy Simy as our 1st line of defense when defending corners and set pieces. I also mentioned in some earlier post that Moses should be deployed as a LWB but given license to join the attack at will as this role suits him d best. He will get defensive cover on the left with Ogu playing on the left side of a 3 man defense and also Mikel can also cover for him in a 2 man defensive midfield formation. That being said, Moses should also perform he’s defensive duties as he has done for Chelsea by returning when we are under attach. Also set pieces especially from the right should he left to a left footed player to take with a right footed player there as a decoy. So I will say leave the set pieces for kelechi to take. I concur with someone who mentioned that why is 9ja not constantly practicing free kicks, penalties and corners constantly. This is a strategy that should implemented by the NFF and started even at the youth level. Players too should take it upon themselves to practice it regularly as it adds value to their overall game. Top players like Messi Ronaldo neymar practice free-kick taking constantly by kicking hundreds of free kicks daily same with greats like LeBron James Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan who practice shooting regularly and take it upon themselves to do it. These greats do it not when the cameras are on them but when they are not. We hear stories of Ronaldo being the 1st to arrive and the last to leave the training pitch as well as his extraordinary work ethic, these are what great players have in common.

      Against Croatia, if i were the coach which am not I will play Uzoho, ebuehi (rwb), Moses (LWB with license to attack), ekong (CD) Balogun (CD) ogu (CD) Ndidi Mikel Etebo Iwobi (midfielders) and Simy as striker. I would have used 2 strikers upfront in kelechi and Simy but the coach likes to be conservative and tends to use only 1 striker. I added more midfielders to prevent the Croats from dominating the midfield. Our midfield will have youth and energy to press the Croats upfront and still have the energy to recover and help defensively. We will match them physically and still play good football. If we constantly harass the Croats tgey will surely make mistakes which we can capitalize on. Also our midfielders in Mikel Erwin and Ndidi have goals in them when the opportunities arise which am confident will surely come. Another thing is we should keep it simple, make accurate passes and to the nearest man and not trying to do too much by dwelling on the ball for too long. Our players should communicate more and prevent colliding with each other.

      God bless 9ja and its people

  • Mr vick 5 months ago

    All our comments and recommendations are top notch, its all for the progress of our darling super eagles but in addition to some of our comments is not adviceable to play joel obi in the left wing back role ahead of brian idowu in a 3 5 2 formation because joel is not fast and is neither a traditional winger or full back, in my humble opinion idowu should be our left wing back what he just need is to rediscover the form of that argentina match and will are good to go. Also iheanacho and iwobi’s combination will be a nice one i think Gernot rohr should give it a trial against croatia.
    #i still believe
    #soar super eagle
    #the wing of african pride

  • 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 will really help the super eagles only if they will understand the formation well. And the problem is with the striking position. Our strikers are not that sharp.

  • D score between  croatia and nija  is 2 : 1.  So  it is left either for eagles or croatia to perfect their game plan to ve d win. It is not going to end in draw.

  • Sylvester 5 months ago

    I think we need another holding midfielder in the likes of Etebo to compliment the aging mikel for our team to be more mobile as it was against England in the second half.I hope Rohr gets it right in terms of selection or else it will cost us a lot and we might be out after the first two games

  • Kd10 1 min ago
    @CJ you are spot on on your analysis we were able to outclass the Argentine because they couldn’t cope with our fast transition in that match & that was our secret punch in that friendly & will still work wonders for us but I fear that this white messiah coach will in the name of fielding big star players like he did against England by Victor Moses/ Ighalo which will spell doom for the Eagles, Victor Moses is a good player but his unnecessary dribbles delays our fast transition that our opponents find difficult to handle because our quick passes creates chances for those goals against Argentina so its up to the Coach to get it right by not starting Victor Moses/Ighalo in the first half of our game against Croatia .Up Super Eagles .

  • ­_Resilience will be_

    I guess there is some wisdom in allowing players who hitherto have ‘under-performed’ to retain their places in the World Cup opening match.

    I will have no problem in seeing the likes Ighalo or Joel Obi in the starting line-up against Croatia because these players may well respond differently, positively and constructively in a tournament scenario.

    With Onazi, they need to help him work on his football psyche and physical sharpness and he will be rejuvenated.

    These players may prove to be entirely different propositions to the players we saw in friendlies because now the ‘chips are down’ and the football mind-set for the task at hand is different.

    Also, perhaps more crucially, one would expect a coach of Gernot Rohr expertise to by now have built enough resilience, balance and resourcefulness to any 11 players he selects for any match.

    This is vital because a team with the right resilience and balance should be able to absorb poor performance of 1 player for at least 50 minutes when the poor performer would have been identified and rightly subbed before his performance leads to chaos or disaster.

    This Super Eagles team needs to show grit, determination and have to be resolute at all times with the enough balance and resilience to switch formations seamlessly in-match, and to respond to changing circumstance within itself or in their oppositions’ approaches at all times.

    • Bomboy 5 months ago

      @ deo, please believe me when I say you are very intelligent football wise. I read through all the comments with people suggesting one formation or player, but you seem to understand the issues far more than the average observer. The problem of the SE is not mainly the formation or a single player fumbling. You hit the nail on the head with these statements, and I quote:

      1) “players may well respond differently, positively and constructively in a tournament scenario”.

      2) “A team with the right resilience and balance should be able to absorb poor performance of 1 player for at least 50 minutes when the poor performer would have been identified and rightly subbed before his performance leads to chaos or disaster”.

      I agree with you that the problem with the SE is resilience, determination and team cohesion. I have said it before, and I say it again: the collective mindset of the Super Eagles is not yet in the “killer mood”. There lies our problem, not formations or just one or two players out of form.

      I will be back to this site to read more of your comments. Thanks so much for your balanced views!

      • Bomboy, I really like your statement as well which I quote: “the collective mindset of the Super Eagles is not yet in the ‘killer mood'”.

        Once in that killer (instinct) mood, the team as a whole will be a force to be reckoned with in the tournament (and I can boast that in that “killer mood”) the totality of this group of players (as a team) will be genuine quarter-finals contenders. Thank you for your insight and kind words.

  • Israel Akinlawon 5 months ago

    I am happy with the formation the coach is trying to use now. It is exactly what I imagined when I was pondering over Super Eagles matters. 3-5-2 – with Ogu joining the central defence, Mikel, Ndidi and Iwobi in the midfield – flanked by Ebuehi and Idowu as wing backs would be fantastic. The only minus there is Ighalo, I would have preferred Simeon Nwankwo owing to his big frame and eyes for goals. I have not lost hope in this team, and we shall laugh at the end of Croatia game. Goodluck.

    • Good formation we all agree but depends on the players deployed, Watch our tape of Argentina friendly in the second half there is no better deployment better than that if we must take our first three points against Croatia so its all about the right players not names.with Victor Moses/Ighalo it will come to nothing but chasing the game not that the duo are not good player but they will not fit into the pattern of play period.we need three point against Croatia to brighten our chance of making it out this group.

  • david olawale 5 months ago

    @ralph you nail it..Moses should be played in dat left wing back..dat who help him reduce d ball wasting instinct in him and also allow him to join d attack from d left since that’s where he has been operating in SE using 4-3-3 formation.dis will also create a chance for iheanacho to pair a main striker preferably simy in attack while iwobi play behind them and ndidi n Mikel stay at base of d midfield.ighalo can come in later to use his strength to dismantle already tired crotia defense. Dis is my take..Soar super eagles

  • Having wred all the comments i can’t but laugh at how some of our online coaches analyzed. Victor Mosses is the latest player to come under fire. We can as well drop all the players as well for the competition. anyway looking forward to seeing how the real coach approach the game plus wishing them save landing to Russia tonight. #soar super eagles.

  • Fablos 5 months ago

    If u like use 5-5-0 formation that one no concern me o…..its better you use formation that is well suited to your players….no fast left wing back,no fast right wing back…..no sharp midfielder with dem killer passes bar mikel…who be our striker sef?yet u wn use 3-5-2…..sentiments aside….na jes 3 games we go play for this world cup

  • Abdul andah 5 months ago

    Rohr do not play ighalo in that regard if not scoring goals against Croatian team may be hard…
    Play kelechi instead ighalo and tell Victor moses to allowing kelechi taking our direct free kicks…
    Also play don’t play idowu instead play elderson.
    I am surprised why you ain’t seeing what am seeing!
    I hope you make dalic understand that super eagles ain’t terranga lions.

  • Gomes 5 months ago

    I think the 3-5-2 formation would do wonders against Croatia. We need more men in the midfield to neutralize The Croats. Modric is an excellent player and also his friend. Croatia is a very good team but are weak in the defence. Their wingbacks are problematic, if we can exploit this, then we will defeat them. We’ve beaten them before, though at U-20.

  • Lewis 5 months ago

    This is Nigeria’s strongest starting 11 at the world cup
    Goalkeeper Uzoho
    Rwb ebuehi
    Lwb moses…I choose moses here because I have seen him play at both left and right wing back for Chelsea and since we ebuehi is very efficient… I would have him at left back…and it would help curb some of his excesses…he is more tactically discipline from wing back
    In centre defence..I will have
    John ogu,ekong and balogun
    Central midfield…ndidi and etebo
    Midfield…mikel

    I will have iwobi play just behind the striker
    And of course to lead the attack is kelechi…because he has a better understanding of iwobi than any of the other strikers

  • Steve 5 months ago

    I have analyzed All ur comments here. The positives that will become a match winner for us and that can also make us to claim the midfield is the combination of NDIDI,MIKEL,ETEBO at midfield.my reason is that, NDIDI and ETEBO are the kante of Nigerian,then MIKEL is the Creative asset and holding MIDFIELDER.MOSES should play the wine back positive, he is very experienced there, while IDOWU should play at the left wing back position.Our front should be IWOBI and IHEANACHO, My reason is that apart from two being tested against argentina and zambia which really worked for us, the two individuals are very close friends, they have shown that they understand themselves well enough both on and off the pitch,And iwobi is a natural midfielder Whom has shown in the premier league that he can create chances,And desame can be said about IHEANACHO. SIMI can also be deployed in this team, very important prayer, because of his physical Presence, he can help in box when defending set pieces which is one problem we have, he is good in the air and when it comes to goals he is accurate and a natural striker. My back three will be BALOGUN,TRUSTEKUNG,OMERUO and not OGU, ogu is not as fast as EMERUO and not a natural central defender. I wish the coach can adopt this formation.

    GOOD LUCK TO THE SUPER EAGLES
    #The wings Of the African Pride#

    • Classic 5 months ago

      This is the best comment ever. Kelechi and Iwobi combination will cause headache to any opponent. I am surprised that our coach haven’t notice this yet. 

  • Bomboy 5 months ago

    @ deo, please believe me when I say you are very intelligent football wise. I read through all the comments with people suggesting one formation or player, but you seem to understand the issues far more than the average observer. The problem of the SE is not mainly the formation or a single player fumbling. You hit the nail on the head with these statements, and I quote:

    1) “players may well respond differently, positively and constructively in a tournament scenario”.

    2) “A team with the right resilience and balance should be able to absorb poor performance of 1 player for at least 50 minutes when the poor performer would have been identified and rightly subbed before his performance leads to chaos or disaster”.

    I agree with you that the problem with the SE is resilience, determination and team cohesion. I have said it before, and I say it again: the collective mindset of the Super Eagles is not yet in the “killer mood”. There lies our problem, not formations or just one or two players out of form.

    I will be back to this site to read more of your comments. Thanks so much for your balanced views!

  • We beat cote de ivoire with counter and  In 2013 nations cup, same Cameroun during qualifier. May be u people should go back n watch do tape again. Moses was d best player on d pitch in both games. Everybody knows iheanacho has not been impressive lately including d coach. Even against so called Argentina…if not for the free kick and d assist, the performance was average. One thing I’m sure of is that, Rohr can see wat we see…onazi, Joel, Echiejile, shehu, Ezenwa even Akpeyi & iheanacho(when the qualifier starts) were all first teamers, Now…Ogu, Idowu, Ebuehi, Uzoho and Ighalo replaced them. He tried to force awaziem in, now he’s on d bench when  he refused to improve.  I’m sure he’ll do d same if they don’t perform. 

  • Stephen 5 months ago

    Our best formation is 4-3-3 for accurate counter attack.
    Uzoho
    Ebuehi balogun Ekong Idowu
    Mikel Ndidi Iwobi
    Musa Ighalo Moses
    OR 3-5-2
    Omeru Ekong Ogu
    Ebuehi Mikel Ndidi Etebo Idowu
    Iwobi Iheanancho

  • AKINOLA Oreoluwa Caleb 5 months ago

    I feel Moses should be used in his natural wing back role. He might be able to play alongside Ighalo, but we would get his best when he plays as a wing back. As regards iheanacho, it’s simple he can’t play as a center forward but rather as a supporting striker. so the best thing would be playing him alongside Ighalo. so he can support him because he can deliver some clinical passes that can break any defense down. Ogu is okay as a defender because he would be the diminutive player there as he is very mobile with the ball and if possible we should drop Balogun for Omeruo. To me Balogun is too soft compared to Omeruo. I think Idowu has been okay in the left back situation. He just need to do something about his crossing.

  • Great comments in the House.My concerns are in the areas of defending set pieces and dealing with aerial balls and crosses.
    Also who takes our set pieces?All the team needs now is our love and support wishing the eagles
    Best of luck @dele pls always be optimistic about your team.

  • Great comments. Taking and defending set pieces proper coordination of the midfield and dealing with crosses and aerial balls are areas that the team must work on to make an impact in Russia Good luck to the super eagles. Up Nigeria!!!

  • My Team
    GK Uzoho: The best for now.
    RBW : Ebuhei – He is good at manning his opponent. He polices anyone in his flank. We need defenders that will not allow any crosses from their sides. We need to stop any movement.
    LBW : Ndidi – Strange? He is the best tackler we have.He’ll stop any movement from his flank. Omeruo or Echiejile only follows opponents but doesn’t make any tackles.
    CD : Ekong – Only good at centre, no pace and fair tackling skill.
    CD : Balogun – Good at aerial view, he should work on his turning with balls. He lacks pace he can be beaten at wings.
    RW : Moses – Strong pace and penetration but selfish with balls. Of course a threat to opponents.
    LW : Iwobi/Etebo- Good dribbling and penetration skills.
    MD : Mikel – He can hold and distribute balls easily.
    MD : Ogu/Onazi: They can man the midfield and distribute balls.
    AS: Ighalo – Not really impressed with him bcos he waits to get balls instead of coming back to create chances and give balls out. Messi, Kane, Sterling, etc do not wait for balls, they either assist or score.
    AS: Simy Nwankwo: Bcos of selfishness, they rarely give him balls bcos of some cabals in the team. This guy is good with ball, he utilises any opportunity he sees.
    We need to police our defence strongly so as not to expose our goalkeeper to unnecessary pressure. The defence should move with the midfield forward and also backward. All the best.

  • John Ogu should not be playing in the back 3 in the 
    3-5-2 formation.He is too heavy and slow.The world
    Cup is not for experimentation.We must always use
    Our proven defenders.Please let use stick with Omeruo/
    Ekong/Balogun.He is not fast enough to provide cover for the left wing back!

  • 4-4-2 diamond formation na the best. Ighalo and Simmy, Mikel for the middle, Musa and Moses go be the wingers, Onazi na defencive midfielder and Elderson,Omeruo,Ogu,Shehu for defence. the keeper go be Ezenwa.

    • Steve 5 months ago

      Guy, from ur comment, you are really SURA THE TAILOR.
      Thank God our Coach wont see ur comment

    • truely you should stick to your tailoring work because football doesnt suit you, because from your comment it shows you dont even know what is happening in the team

  • Schoolboy 5 months ago

    Lol. Naija u na go kill person with analysis. All of a sudden everybody don talk of 532 formation better than the coach wey introduce the formation. Lol

  • coach ayodeji 5 months ago

    dont you think these formation will be good
    GK:uzho
    DF:ekong,leon balogun,echildele
    MF:mikel,ndidi,onazi,iwobi,shehu
    F;Igahlo,victor moses

  • Well, I don’t know if it’s me or just the comments here that got me to comment. My take is must we even use 3-5-2 especially as Moses has to be the second striker and even if we have to its got to be mobile forwards, that is, a pair of Iwobi and Iheanacho or Musa and Iheanacho with Iwobi not far behind in an attacking midfield position. I still think that 4-4-2 will work with the current crop of players when defending and 4-3-3 when attacking only that Mikel will be benched in my reckoning for Ndidi and Etebo, while Iwobi support the striker and the wings be marshaled by Moses a d a Musa who has gotten his confidence back.

  • banjam 5 months ago

    At times, we forgot our analysis doesn’t even matter. Someone job can be easy to others esp if they are not the ones in the hot seat. My take is just enjoy the World cup and more so, since the Super Eagles have been tagged “underdogs” let’s prove them bookies wrong.