Former Super Eagles head coach, Samson Siasia believes that John Obi Mikel is of the same quality as Croatia’s Lukas Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Mikel will lead the Super Eagles against Croatia on June 16 for their opening World Cup 2018 Group D fixture at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
While Modric and Rakitic have stood out for Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively over the past years, Siasia is confident that Mikel can them when the World Cup tips off, Goal writes.
“Mikel is in the same quality with Modric and Rakitic, even though Modric plays in Real Madrid,” he told Goal.
“Mikel has played in Chelsea for many years and he is doing well in the Chinese Super League. I think they will fight for that position on the field of play.”
Siasia however called on Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to prepare adequately and not dwell on their 4-2 victory over Argentina late last year.
“They’ve done well but the problem is that most of our players are not playing in the big leagues and they don’t get enough playing time, the World Cup is not where to do physical activities,” he continued.
“They need to play friendly games and make sure they understand themselves. The match against Argentina should not be a yardstick though we did very well and we were all surprised.
“However, the World Cup is a different ball game. We know Argentina very well but we don’t understand Croatia and Iceland.
“It’ll be a good thing to get a win and a draw between these two teams [Croatia and Iceland] then I think Argentina will be last get a draw and we will get to the next round.”