Chelsea returnee, Kenneth Omeruo has added another explanation to the Super Eagles’ loss to Argentina on Tuesday, with a view that the South Americans carried the day because they marked out Victor Moses.
Omeruo admitted that the Argentines were massively motivated by their captain, Lionel Messi, but stressed that it would have been a different story had his Chelsea pal, Moses been able to dazzle the way he normally does on Nigeria’s wings.
However, with La Albiceleste coach, Jorge Sampaoli apparently finally getting his tactics right, after a 1-1 draw with Iceland and 3-0 loss to Croatia, Omeruo says the Nigerian dream was bound to end.
Despite that verdict, though, Omeruo further opined that Argentina did not work for their second goal, as they did for the first, which was scored by Messi.
Instead, Omeruo stressed that Argentina managed to win Tuesday’s game because they were able to make Moses ineffective, and admits he felt really bad at the final whistle.
”I felt bad, the team came from a situation losing the first game, the second game we fought well and won the game.
”We knew we needed that last game to seal it up, the support we got after winning the second game was amazing.
”We really wanted to do it especially for our families and for Nigerians but we were unlucky.
”They were attacking a lot, they blocked our wing, they knew we were better from the Victor Moses wing because he is one of our best players, they knew this.
”They pressed on us, we defended well until the last four minutes. We wanted to give everything, we wanted more.
”It’s not over until it’s over, everyone was fighting, everyone was hoping, we wanted to fight till the end.
”They didn’t work for that goal, the ones they worked for, we defended them. They were lucky with the win and we have to accept that and go forward.
“We have to work hard for the next tournament, which is the Nations Cup and then the World Cup.”