Gernot Rohr speaks on having Germany in same group

Gernot Rohr speaks on having Germany in same group

Gernot Rohr speaks on having Germany in same group

In Group G, world No. 15 England will have heaved a sigh of relief after being drawn out of Pot 2, due to their inferior ranking, eluding the Pot 1 likes of holders Germany, Argentina and five-time champions Brazil.

The Franco-German spoke at length about his expectations at Russian Federation 2018 after the draw was staged in Moscow today.

They beat Bulgaria in 1994, Spain in 1998, and Bosnia in 2014, drawing with England 2002, and will be aiming for at least four points heading into their final fixture against Argentina.

European champions, Portugal, have their hands full in a tough-looking Group B that also features 2010 champions Spain, Iran and Morocco. "We can not surprise them like we did the last time, and now they will play with (Lionel) Messi", he added.

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Interestingly, Russia 2018 will be the first time Nigeria will square up against Croatia and Iceland.

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Nigeria have never reached the quarter-finals and lost 3-2 to Argentina in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when they were beaten by France in the last 16. We are realistic, we wait for the draw and afterwards, we will organise our planning and our friendly games.

And despite being drawn against three teams who have never won the World Cup, Sampaoli, who replaced sacked Edgardo Bauza in May, anticipates a challenging campaign for his side. Boasting the continent's best player in Mohammed Salah and with the motivation of a first appearance at the global event in 28 years, they will have much confidence facing the main threat in Group A which will be Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani's Uruguay.

"My expectation is to be in a group of strong teams and being in Pot 4, we are naturally ambitious outsiders".

"The first game is always the most hard", he added.

Their spirited display lifted by their vocal travelling fans gave a new meaning to worldwide football.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have kept only one clean sheet in seven encounters with Argentina. "I hope we keep on making people happy". "We aim to progress from the group".

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