Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has described Tuesday’s clash against two-time World Cup champions Argentina as a do or die game.
The two countries meet in their final Group D match at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament with a spot in the knockout stage up for grabs.
The Super Eagles need a draw to secure a place in the last 16, while must win and hope for a better goal difference if Iceland beat Croatia in the other group game.
Tianjin Teda FC of China midfielder Mikel Obi was speaking in a chat with reporters.
In his words via eagleonline, the former Chelsea star said: “It is always difficult facing Argentina, this game is a do or die game, it is not like the first game of the group or the second game, this is the last game of the group. We have to die on the pitch.”
“It’s obviously very hard to defend against (Messi). Both teams so far have done really well defending him, we have to see what we can do, how we can make sure we defend against him, not just against him but also against the whole team.
“We have to play our game as well and make sure we create chances and score goals.” He concluded.
John Mikel Obi and his teammates would be hoping to lead Nigeria to a 4th knockout stage appearance in six World Cup editions.