Mikel laments Iran tactics


Stephen Keshi’s men could not break through the defensive Asian backline as Nigeria had to settle for just a point from their opening game.

And their Chelsea star was left displeased at his side’s inability to find the back of the net, which he felt had much to do with Iran’s tactics on the day.

"We are all disappointed,” Mikel said after the game.

“The first game of every tournament is very important.

“When you watch the way Iran played, they had 11 men behind the ball the entire game and it was hard for us to create chances.”

Although acknowledging that it was a difficult game, Mikel was left disappointed at Iran’s negative set-up which prevented his side earning maximum points in their crucial World Cup opener.

"They sat back and it became difficult,” said the 27-year-old.

“It was a game we wanted to win, but they wanted to play a bit different."

Nigeria now face a difficult task in progressing from Group F, with fixtures against Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina still to come.