How best to play Mikel, Moses in Russia – Finidi

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Former super eagles star Finidi George says the best positions for captain Obi Mikel and Victor Moses against Croatia is dependent on the formation adopted by coach Gernot Rohr.

Finidi stated this in Lagos as the countdown to Nigeria’s opening match draws nearer.

”It depends on what formation they want to play. If they want to play a triangular midfield, Mikel should be directly playing in front of the back four, Ndidi playing on the left side and Victor Moses playing on the right side,” Finidi said.

”If they are playing the diamond formation, somebody playing in front of Moses and Ndidi, and try to make sure we make use of the fullbacks.”

On the best formation for the Super Eagles, he said : ”I will go for the Chelsea formation, the 1-3-5-2,  two wide players, three players in midfield.”

Finidi warned that Nigeria must control the midfield to emerge victorious.

”We have to play as a unit, we are not doing that now. When they go in the attack, it takes them too long to get back, if you don’t do that you will always have a lot of space in the middle and you don’t want to do that against Croatia with Modric, Kovačić and Rakitić.

”These guys are playing top football, you just have to make sure you have good grip of the midfield, with that we have a chance,” he added.