Former Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has warned Group D is not about Argentina and Nigeria as both Croatia and Iceland will also have a say in this group.
Messi and Argentina were placed alongside Croatia, Nigeria and tournament debutants Iceland in a tough-looking Group D at Friday's draw in Moscow.
"It is a feasible challenge because of the type of teams". We showed that it was possible to win against Argentina but it will be a different ball game and we have to be strong both mentally and physically. "They cannot play as badly as they are doing", said Maradona after the draw in Moscow.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he hopes to spring a surprise after drawing Argentina in the 2018 World Cup on Friday - the two-time champions they sensationally beat 4-2 in a friendly last month. We are realistic, we wait for the draw and afterwards, we will organise our planning and our friendly games.
"They did it in 2014 and lost against France but last time they were in Pot 3 and now we are Pot 4, so it will be more hard".
And despite being drawn against three teams who have never won the World Cup, Sampaoli, who replaced sacked Edgardo Bauza in May, anticipates a challenging campaign for his side. In other words, despite recent struggles, Argentina is a team with its eyes on the prize. That same encounter also saw Lionel Messi score a brace to help Argentina finish top of Group F with three wins from three games. "World Cup baby", Balogun wrote.
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"I think Croatia is a bigger threat in that group".
"It could have been better but it could also have been worse", he said.
Making their sixth appearance in the showpiece competition, Nigeria are bringing their most inexperienced squad ever to Russian Federation next year.
"Since I arrived, I think we have moved up 17-18 places so we have a better Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking now". Hard group but we will take our chances.
Despite having to face Messi, Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo was pleased to avoid the other giants of world football.