Argentina and Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has tagged Nigeria as the least headache of the South American nation in the Group D pairings of the World Cup 2018.
Despite the 4-2 defeat suffered by the Albeceleste in last month’s friendly against the Super Eagles in Krosnodar, Russia, Aguero told Argentine publication, Dobleamarilla, yesterday that he respects Croatia and is still wondering on what to expect from Iceland.
The Manchester City star, in what appears a mind game, dismissed Nigeria as a team not to be worried about.
Aguero described Nigeria’s victory in that friendly as ‘accidental’ aided by his absence in the second half of the match due to the exhaustion that led to his unconsciousness and hospitalization.
He told the publication that he only asked about what happened after he regained consciousness. Aguero insisted that Argentina lost because the players were thinking more about him in the hospital.
“That happens sometimes, because it was because they thought of me, they were scared. I do not know, “stressed Aguero.
On Croatia, Aguero said: “Croatia has a great midfield. They have Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, there is Perisic who plays outside and he’s very fast. Croatia is a bit more complete.”
He continued: “Iceland is one of the debutants, they do not play badly, they are a very organised team and they have (Gylfi) Sigurdsson, who is the one who drives the team. We play them first; they are therefore the most important game for us. They will not be easy.”
On the overall, Aguero said it was good that Argentina was not tipped as one of the top favourites to win at Russia 2018.
He believes that the pendulum of victory is likely to swing in the directions of France, Germany and Brazil.
“It’s good that they do not take us as candidates (for the trophy),” concludes the Man City forward.
In a related development, the Super Eagles are to play a pre-World Cup friendly with England, UK-based Skysport reported yesterday.
Skysport quoted the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi, to have confirmed the proposed game.