'Mikel on same level as Real Madrid and Barca stars' - FCNaija

Nigerian Football News By: Linus Onyeze | 14/02/2018

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John Obi Mikel is on the same level with Croatia stars –  Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic –  according to former Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia.

The Super Eagles are grouped along with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina for the 2018 World Cup, and Siasia, who played for the West Africans at the 1994 edition of football’s biggest event, says Mikel is on the same level as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars.

“Mikel is in the same quality with Modric and Rakitic, even though Modric plays in Real Madrid,” he told Goal.

“Mikel has played in Chelsea for many years and he is doing well in the Chinese Super League. I think they will fight for that position on the field of play.”

Following the Super Eagles’ unbeaten run to their sixth World Cup appearance, the 50-year-old urged Rohr’s men to prepare well and not dwell on their 4-2 victory over Argentina.

“They've done well but the problem is that most of our players are not playing in the big leagues and they don't get enough playing time, the World Cup is not where to do physical activities,” he continued.