Gernot Rohr started his much talked about works on the defence of the Super Eagles in yesterday’s close door session with all of the team defenders participating in various drills.
The session started with the German coach giving the defenders peep talks and description on how to move with and without the ball, demonstrating how he wants them to move by himself.
He later took them on a session that looks more like trying to improve their positional awareness to ward off forwards coming from their blind side, before proceeding to training with the ball.
With the forwards whipping in crosses, the defenders were giving valuable lessons on how to deal with aerial balls and defensive courage in terms of counter attack.
Leon Balogun was particulary impressive with reading and intercepting crosses, with William Troost Ekong also showing his performance at the Olympics is not a fluke. Chidozie Awaziem was however very impressive in coverage drills using his pace and good reading of crosses to cut out deadly balls.
The full backs were not left out of the session although there was no special drill for them, Rohr jointly treated them with the centre backs but focused more on ways of stopping forwards from delivering crosses from their flanks.