Argentina legend Alfio Basile highlights Nigeria’s weakness

The Super Eagles will meet Jorge Sampaoli’s star-studded side at the global showpiece, and in his assessment of Rohr’s side, the icon has reservations

Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup, Alfio Basile has given his assessment of Argentina’s Group D oppositions, and while praising Nigeria, he highlighted their defence as the weak link.

Basile -  the coach who masterminded La Albiceleste’s win over the Super Eagles at the 1994 edition of the tournament - stated that the West Africans are ‘very good’ but accused their defence of distraction.

A similar problem was witnessed when Gernot Rohr's men squared up against the South American giants in November. While they surprisingly ran out winners, the first half of the tie highlighted some less-assured displays from the backline, thus, condemning the three-time African champions to a two-goal deficit, before they fought back to seal a 4-2 victory.

"I heard the coach from Iceland and I thought he was very smart, but we can not be afraid of Iceland, the opponents of Nigeria are very good, but the defenders are very distracted,” Basile told Radio Rivadavia.

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Both sides will meet - for the fifth time in the quadrennial showpiece - in the final group fixture at the Krestovsky Stadium on June 26.

Fondly called Coco, the 74-year-old also spoke of the importance of superstars Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero in the Argentine side: "If the ten is right, we can beat anybody, if Messi is not there, we are a team.

"At this moment Agüero is indisputable. City has a great team,” he said.