Tottenham’s Argentina international, Erik Lamela has described the Super Eagles of Nigeria as a difficult team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The midfielder is hoping to be named in Jorge Sampaoli’s team for the World Cup, and is confident that they can win the tournament even though he considers the teams in Group D difficult opponents.
Lamela last featured for the two-time world champions against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifier in September 2016.
He told Agencia EFE, “The goal for us is always to become champion because the team deserves it, because of the quality of the people on the squad and because we have people who have won everything with their club and deserve to win the World Cup.
“It’s a difficult group, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria are big rivals, but if Argentina does things right, I think we can go through.
“It is difficult to compete with players of such a high level, but it is a motivation … In the Argentine National Team there are always very good players, and that is better: it means that there is a very good squad.
“We all aim for the same goal, which is to bring Argentina to the highest possible level.”