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…The Croatian game is gone, we cannot help it again…

…We need to play with pace and intelligence…

La Liga ambassador in Nigeria, Mutiu Adepoju, has given 3 powerful hints that will help Nigeria win against Iceland in the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup.

He said:

“Going into the game against Iceland, there are very many valuable lessons to learn from the 2-0 loss to Croatia.

“One is self-belief. You are as good as you think you are. You need to believe in yourself and in your ability to bend backwards and do the unexpected.

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“Secondly, they must learn to express themselves better on the ball. I saw a lot of restricted movement sideways and backwards. They should learn to take the game to the opposition. If they won’t come to you then you need to take the fight to them.

“Thirdly, they should not panic or put themselves under unnecessary pressure even when the goals are not coming yet. When you give room for panic, then you make mistakes which could be fatal.

“If I was on the coaching crew of the Eagles, the first thing I will say to the players is to calm down. The Croatian game is gone, we cannot help it again except to pick lessons from the game going forward. Then they should psych the players up that Iceland may be difficult but they are very beatable. Then the coach should look for a formation that plays to the strength of the players.

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“We need to play with pace and intelligence, going through the flanks if the middle is too choked. We cannot afford to be one-dimensional and the players must learn to play with urgency. Starting slowly is costing us a lot.”