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I know how to stifle Argentina - Lars Lagerback

Posted: 24 May 2010 Time: 18:04

Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback has suggested that the opening World Cup Group B match between his team and Argentina on June 12 will be full of intrigue. 

The Swede, who took the coaching job in March and has yet to take charge of any games with the team, says that Nigeria have as much talent as any of the other teams on parade at the World Cup and will only need to put a sound frame work in place in order to stop their more illustrious opponents.   “I see a team with a great deal of physical presence and individual skill. I’d go as far as to say that, man for man, Nigeria have more pure technical talent than most. I don’t think we need to worry about a lack of flair and match-winning ability,” Lagerback told Complete Sports.   The much awaited contest between Nigeria and Argentina is one of the highlights of the preliminary phase of the tournament and the Swede dispelled any anxiety, instead drawing on his experience against the Argentinians as Sweden coach in 2002 when his men held the star studded team to a draw.   “[The] first match of a tournament can condition the rest. Argentina have fantastic individuals, but I’m not fearful or intimidated by the thought of facing Messi, Tevez, Higuain, Aguero and all the others.   “I think I know how to stifle Argentina. Sweden did it at the 2002 World Cup. You couldn’t say we had the better players but we still drew 1-1 with them. Messi is extraordinary, but Argentina are not Barcelona.”   The gaffer does not underrate his other opponents in the group.   “I have a lot of respect for the work of Otto Rehhagel with Greece. They play tight, are spirited and are not in the habit of selling themselves short. South Korea’s strength is their energy and total commitment. You have to match them there,” Lagerback said.  

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:15 pm
Wow! Lars Baby! give it to me. Argentina must me wetting them pants now, ain't them? This guy is a Tactics-masterclasss and we are gonna enjoy his inputs! Nigerians should sleep well as come june 12th, we are gonna overwhelm them. I am happy sleeping like a little baby, happy that we are gonna emerge victorious!
posted: 06:20 pm
Come on kon this is already old news. You guys shud try to get ur news quicker.
Anyway, nice talk lasse, keep putting that confidence that has been lacking back in the team and keep up the good work ethics you've been putting as well.
posted: 06:21 pm
YES Coach, this what i expect from you, say it and go ahead to do it. You have the support of all Nigerians. WE SHALL OVERCOME ARGENTINA IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS.
posted: 06:32 pm
I lived in Japan and I went with my kid to see Japan VS South Korea’s today,ho this guys are good, we should be very very careful with them
posted: 06:32 pm
it was South Korea’s 2, Japan 0
posted: 06:35 pm
Well I for one fear the Koreans more than the other 2. Argentina has wonderful players but a crappy crappy coach.

The Super Eagles should work hard coz or opponents are not just opposing teams but the South Africans as well. Let's put up a good outing and shame them.

I wish Mikel quick recovery.

posted: 06:45 pm

Yes this is what i am expecting from you coach that Argentina are not Barcelona,many people are talking about Messi,Let them remember that all these mentioned name are in the teem when there fine it difficult to qualify for the world cup.Argentina come out with playoff.I believe Nigeria is going to beat them if we understand our-self,thank god we are going to watch the friendly match tomorrow SUPER SPORT 3.
Thank you coach
posted: 06:47 pm
With this ensurrance ,infact supereagle have the cup....
posted: 06:48 pm
Action speaks louder than voice. Let's see how it goes. However, his comment is a morale boost. I hope he has that ability to boost players to victory even on the changing room.
posted: 06:49 pm
Loving the copy and pasted text made in KON. Just lovin' it... =__=

Anyhow, well said, Lars. Can't wait for tomorrow's match against Saudi.
posted: 06:51 pm
@mega like u saud...argentina has an AMODU as a coach " the argentian version of AMODU.........
posted: 06:55 pm
I am sure mumudo can't even pronouce the name of the greek coach sef.....idot
posted: 06:55 pm
Guys,lets go and start drinking, the world cup is ours if so.Thanks Coach Largeback, up SE !!!
posted: 06:55 pm
Argentina MUST GO DOWN
posted: 06:59 pm
@mega...i dont think the koreans are to be feared....i just watched the game against japan and korea...the two teams played crappy football....if they play that way against super will be a walloping...although they won 2-0 it was still crap......
posted: 07:03 pm

super sport promised to show NIGERIA VS SAUDI .
Kick-off time is 6pm Nigeria time on SuperSport 3.
posted: 07:04 pm
Breaking News: the match venue for a friendly match between nigeria and columbia has been canceal by the owner of the stadium.
posted: 07:12 pm
It is not enough to talk the talk. Do the walk as well first. Read this article by Demola in Nigeriavillagesquare today on how to handle Argentina., please Coach Lagerback:

Argentina is not only about Messi. Did you people see how Diego Milito destroy Bayern Munich in the UEFA champions league final? Be warned!
posted: 07:26 pm
Thats the way to think coach. The real game has just begone, psych. them out and instill fear in their minds. Instill hope and determination into our players.

Way to go COACH!!!
posted: 07:38 pm
Lars has a good PR and seems to know how to handle the press. Good to hear the sweet talk not only from the players but also from the coach and i can feel the world cup fever getting on the fans too as many are now developing self optimism. Good that is the spirit. FOr any team to win a major tournament, the players, technical crew and the fans must all be together and not to forget the press. Its been a long time that Nigerians have been behind their team and the feeling developing now seems to be that of confidence that the SUPER EAGLES will soar in SA.
Surely I have said it before, Lars has to try to keep it tight against the Argentinians and even if we come out with a draw or slim loss, it should not end our world cup dream.

The players and coaches should continue to talk tough as that will scare the opponents but at the same time, we must come to the reality that anything can happen so lets remain strong and support our team to the end.

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