Live report from Russia.
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has explain why he snubbed the 3-5-2 formation against Croatia on Saturday night at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Russia.
Croatia defeated Nigeria 2-0 in Group D second game of the matchday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Oghenekaro Etebo scored an own goal in the first half, Luka Modric secured his team victory from the spot in the second half after Troost Ekong fouled Mario Mandzukic.
Rohr introduced the 3-5-2 formation for the first time against Argentina in an international friendly last year November, the formation set up helped his team defeated Argentina and with a brilliant second half performance. Same situation against England and Czech Republic during the pre-World Cup games.
“I think our organization was good, we didn’t concede from normal playing. We conceded from set piece which is not a question of tactics or our system. Our system was decent, we can’t play with three at the back when there’s one centre forward, we played with four defenders because we are up against swift strikers and their strikers were very strong.
“I am satisfied with the organization of the team, what we miss in the game is for us to be more professional during set pieces situation, we could have avoided the two goals conceded. Each game is different, we know we can play with three centre backs but it wasn’t a good system to play against Croatia,” said Rohr.
Super Eagles have return to their base in Essentuki to prepare for their next game against Iceland on Friday at Volgograd Arena.