Former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has warned that Argentina will be a different opposition when they face Nigeria at next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Last month, the Eagles came from two goals down to record a surprise 4-2 win against the two-time World Cup champions in Krasnodar, Russia, and were subsequently drawn to face the Albiceleste in Group D of the 2018 World Cup, which also has Croatia and debutants, Iceland.
In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddies.com, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee member, who played for the Super Eagles at three World Cups, stated that the Argentines will ‘come all out’ against Nigeria when both sides meet in Russia to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing friendly defeat.
“We (Nigeria) just defeated them (Argentina) few weeks ago but nevertheless, we know that a World Cup is there, another ball game entirely,” the former Real Sociedad player said.
“Yes, it seems the Super Eagles is in a good moment; the players are in form and they are playing very good. But we shouldn’t think that it’s going to be the way it was when they (Nigeria) defeated Argentina (in a recent friendly).
“In the World Cup, I’m very sure that Argentina is going to come all out. They would not want what happened at the friendly to happen to them in the World Cup.”
Nigeria have lost all of their four meetings with Argentina at the World Cup (in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014)
The Eagles will face La Albiceleste in their last group game on 26 June, 2018 at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg.