HNK Rijeka of Croatia Nigerian forward Theophilus Solomon has given an insight on how Croatia are warming up for their World Cup 2018 group clash against Nigeria.
Solomon who is presently out on loan to Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia from the Croatian side has been leaving in Croatia for four years, and he was there when the draws were made.
Croatia are grouped alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland in group D, and ahead of the first ever metting between both nations, Solomon has revealed how the Croatians view Nigeria.
” I was with some players of the Croatian national team when the draws were made and although they admit they are in a straight battle with Nigeria to qualify alongside Argentina. They are still confident of their chances”, Solomon told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” I listened to them talk about how Nigeria are unpredictable and some times unorganised in defence, but overall they agree that Nigeria have an attack that can wreck any team on a good day.
” Based on the fact that Croatia rely heavily on their key midfielders in Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric, both of Real Madrid. Their emphasis was more on how the duo will function against Nigeria.
” Mikel Obi is one player they respect a lot in Croatia, but Wilfred Ndidi is the threat according to most of them. They feel he could be the reason why Modric and Kovacic click as a pair or not. They are really scared of Ndidi”.