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2018 FIFA World Cup Gernot Rohr admits Croatia are better than Super Eagles

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Rohr has maximum respect for Zlatko Dalic's side ahead of the opening game of the group.

Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr oversaw the Super Eagles' qualification for Russia in October 2017 play Gernot Rohr respects Croatia ahead of opening game (AFP/File)

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that Nigeria's opponents, Croatia, are a better team ahead of their meeting in the opening game of group D of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Super Eagles arrived Russia on the back of consecutive losses to England and the Czech Republic which has raised doubts among supporters on the team’s chances at the tournament.

The Super Eagles and Croatia and have been tipped to battle for the runners-up spot in group D and Rohr was full of praise for Zlatko Dalic's side.

After consecutive defeats in their friendly encounters in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles will hope they have addressed all issues ahead of their opener against Croatia on Saturday, June 16. play Croatia boast a star studded squad (Twitter/Croatia)

 

Speaking to the media at a press conference at Essentuki, the base of the Super Eagles, Rohr admitted that his team are young and inexperienced compared to their Croatian counterparts.

He said, "We admire this team, but we do not plan to watch them when we play against them, we hope to fight. They are all wonderful players…playing in biggest teams in Europe…On paper with their names, #CRO are much better than us."

Super Eagles play The Super Eagles face a tough opening game (NFF)

Rohr is however optimistic that his team can upset the Croatians in the opening game despite their star studded line up.

He said, "But sometimes on the pitch, it could be different. We don’t have their big stars, but we try to play collectively with our young team."

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The Super Eagles take on Croatia in their opening game of the tournament on Saturday, June 16

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