Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi has said that the changes made by Gernot Rohr affected his tactical plans. Nigeria fielded a vastly new starting lineup in Friday’s international friendly match played in Austria on Friday after many of the Super Eagles regulars could not make the schedule.
Rohr made seven changes to the team that beat Lesotho 4-2 in November 2019. For instance, Zaidu Sanusi and Frank Onyeka made their debut while Tyronne Ebuehi was starting a game for the national team for more than two years.
Belmadi told reporters after the game, “We had spotted two or three weaknesses that they could tactically have with certain players.
“Today, they actually played others so it disturbed some of the information I was able to give to the players a bit, but they have adapted to this situation.
“We responded well against a team which is tactically in good shape. We gave a physical response with a lot of intensity in the midfield and in the pressing.
“These are things that we were able to work on. I think our players have been almost perfect against a strong team.
“We came to find difficulty. We were tactically fair. We did everything we had prepared this week. Great merit to the players.”