Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has added to his permutations ahead of Tuesday’s in ternational friendly against Ukraine, as he says his side are bound to take on a very progressive and highly talented side, who he also noted are in current top form, megasportsarena.com reports.
Rohr went on to acknowledge that the Ukrainians’ current squad are looking good on all fronts, which makes them potential European giant killers this year, such that he admits his side will be up against quite a formidable opponent.
However, the Franco-German tactician is not throwing his hands up in surrender, as he insists the Eagles will battle Ukraine to-for-foe at Dnipro-Arena in Tuesday’s game, starting 7:30pm Nigeria time, which he believes will be the ideal test of their youthful zeal, ambitions for their careers, thoughts of their fans back home and patriotic fervour for their country.
He also disclosed that he is backing the Ukrainian national team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship and predicted that The Yellow-Blue will be a major force to reckon with in the immediate future following the triumph of the U20s at the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup.
The former Bayern Munich defender and ex-Bordeaux of France gaffer, who was also in charge of Niger Republic when they lost 2-1 to Ukraine at The Olympic Stadium in a friendly five years ago, added that he and his assistants have studied their hosts very well, with a view towards getting an inkling of the right tactics to employ against them on Tuesday.
Rohr stated: ”We studied the game of the national team of Ukraine. The team now has very good position in the standings of the Euro 2020 qualifying group; very progressive and talented youth. So, I think that the Ukrainian team has a great chance of success in the near future.
”Most likely, the Ukrainian team will qualify for the European Championship. In addition, fresh memories of the recent match of the youth team of Ukraine with Nigeria at the U20 World Cup this year.
”The match with this team is a challenge for us. Not so long ago, I was the head coach of the Niger team, and we met with the Ukrainian team in Kiev.
”Lost then with a score of 2-1, but were very close to a draw. Of course, tomorrow we will have a difficult match, but I am positive. In any case, this is a test game for us, the result of which fades into the background for us.”