Bilic: Why Nigeria & Croatia FIFA WC tie will be difficult - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 19/12/2017

Former West Ham and Croatia manager Slaven Bilic reveals that his country World Cup Group D fixture against Super Eagles of Nigeria it's very difficult one.


The 49-year-old was part of 1998 World Cup, where the team were the surprise package of the tournament, falling in the semi-finals to hosts France as the Blazers finished in third place after winning the playoff game.

Croatia also up against Lione Messi led Argentina and debutant Iceland reach the quarter-final of last European Championship that showed their strength.

''It seems to me that it is not sufficiently recognized the weight of our group and especially the negativity of the schedule. We have a difficult group and the worst possible match schedule,'' Bilić told Sportske Novosti.

''Nigeria at the start when it is, by tradition, the strongest and most difficult. Argentina have a decisive squad, and it would be better if it was in the third when we might have already settled the placement.

''The Icelanders are the third rival, but they have a mentality that even if they have already crashed out, and perhaps just because of that, playing as if their life depends on that encounter. ''

Croatia takes on Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad on June 16.