Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has revealed how his team is planning to take on Croatia in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.

Nigeria plays Croatia on Saturday at the Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad from 8pm.

Ahead of the game, Mikel, who admits Croatia is a fantastic team, was quick to add that the Super Eagles has players who can match them on Saturday.

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The Tianjin Teda midfielder said one of the plans to secure a win against Croatia is to be in control of the ball.

“Croatia are a fantastic team with fantastic players, but we have good players too,” Mikel was quoted as saying on ESPN.

“It's going to be a game of tactics. We have to play our game and make sure we control the game like we always do.

"It's going to be tough, but we know how we play and how we want to play, so we are going to have to continue playing that way."

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