Russia 2018: Super Eagles may beat Argentina again-Maradona - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 12/02/2018

FC Naija

Argentina soccer legend and former coach, Diego Maradona has declared that the Super Eagles may finally break the jinx that has plagued them in previous World Cups as far as playing against La Albiceleste is concerned.

Nigeria has lost in all previous meetings against Argentina at the World Cup but Maradona has raised an alarm that his country’s national team’s defence is a big minus heading into the World Cup.

 He believes Nigeria can once again exploit the loophole when both countries clash on June 26.

Maradona confessed that he is yet to get over the Super Eagles’ stunning 4-2 thumping of his country last November during an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia.

It is in this light that he warned that there could be a repeat if something is not done about La Albiceleste’s defence and midfield.

Maradona said: “We have no midfield deserving of the name. Today, except for Lionel Messi, people have lost respect for the Argentina team.

“Nobody is afraid of us. Look at the last game with Nigeria. We almost conceded eight goals. You know what happened in my time in a game like that.

“But Sampaoli is lucky. If the baby [Messi] is on fire, he will cover for all the mistakes. We have a 60 per cent chance of being champions [at the World Cup].

“Why? Because the others can make up the choir, but they can never replace him as the singer. He’s the only singer.

“It hurts me a lot, but the reality is that it’s going badly for us and I can’t see a way out. The title would be: ‘After Messi, what next?

“After Messi, there is nothing. It’s embarrassing to rely on Icardi. Pipa [Higuain] is 10 times better than Icardi.

“That guy [Sampaoli] doesn’t know anything. The only thing he knows is what he’s going to eat at his friend’s house. Pipa has to have a new chance.”