Everton of England midfielder, Alex Iwobi is the man Brazil’s technical crew plan to stifle, in their attempt to stop Nigeria from making hay in this weekend’s international friendly between both countries at Singapore National Stadium, megasportsarena.com gathered.
With the countdown getting tighter towards Sunday’s top-notch match, Brazil’s assistant coach, Cleber Xavier has come out with a no-holds-barred exposé on the tactics his side aim to employ, with the ploy to scuttle Iwobi’s play-making qualities top of their plans.
While Nigeria’s game comes three days after The Samba Boys also battle Senegal on Thursday in a similar friendly, records show that Cameroon are the only African side to have beaten Brazil in any senior national team match, which came in a 1-0 victory during the 2003 Confederations Cup, but Xavier believes his side will stay unscathed in both upcoming games.
Nigeria’s only previous clash with Le Selecao also came in 2003, when a majestic performance by Ronaldinho inspired goals from Gil, Luis Fabiano and Adriano Leite in a 3-0 defeat of the Eagles in Abuja, and Xavier believes they can repeat that feat on Sunday once they stop Iwobi from calling the shots for Nigeria’s squad in midfield and up front.
“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton. He is the link in the counter attack, drags opponents out of position and infiltrates well in the box. Nigeria defend less than Senegal. The Senegalese are more about positioning,” Xavier concluded.