Maradona: Nigeria’s experience, counter-attack can hurt Argentina

Argentina Legend Diego Maradona has warned his country’s Coach, Jorge Sampaoli, not to return home from the World Cup in Russia if the Albeceleste loses to Nigeria and fails to qualify from Group D to the knock out stage.

Maradona who played against Super Eagles at Nigeria’s debut at the Mundial in 1994 in USA told reporters that the way his country played in the opening game of Group D against Iceland leaves much to be desired.

 “There is serious trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience, they know how to counter-attack and they know how to score,” he said.

Maradona went on to blast Sampaoli for his poor tactics against Iceland.

“His (Sampaoli) game-plan was a disgrace. Even though the Iceland players average 1.90m in height, we played all our corners into the air. We had no short game,” Maradona recalled.

Last year, Argentina threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Nigeria in an international friendly in Russia.

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