Ones to watch: Dzeko is Bosnia's Messi
Edin Dzeko is as important to Bosnia as Lionel Messi is to Argentina, coach Safet Susic claimed on the eve of the team's Group H clash with Nigeria tomorrow (June 22) morning.
And Susic will be counting on the Manchester City striker to be in red hot form as the debutants’ fight for their World Cup lives against the Super Eagles in Cuiaba.
The Bosnians are going all out for a win, Susic said, even though a draw would suffice after their opening loss to Argentina. Defeat to Nigeria will however end Bosnia’s interest in the tournament.
The importance of Dzeko, an integral part of the City team that won English titles in 2011-12 and then this year, was noted by Susic.
“Dzeko is equally important to us as Ronaldo is for Portugal as Neymar to Brazil and as Messi to Argentina,” the Bosnia boss told the eve-of-match press conference at Cuiaba’s Arena Pantanal on Friday.
'After Argentina, we're the best'
Susic, a world class attacking midfielder in his playing days, was in a bullish mood.
“Everyone is aware of how important tomorrow’s game is.
“We are in the most uncomfortable of positions. But we haven’t come here to learn, we have players in top class European clubs, players who have acquired a great deal of experience.
“After Argentina we are the best team in the group.”