Teams certainly have match winners that stand to be counted in key moments.
In the 2017/18 season world class players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Mohamed Salah showed quality for their sides.
To make a lasting impression in the 2018 World Cup, teams need not just star players but a united bond to perform.
Greece played as a unit in the 2004 European Championship and emerged as champions, that’s the focus of Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr in Russia 2018 refusing to build his team around one player like Egypt does in the case of Salah.
”I think it’s fantastic for Egypt to have such a player in Salah, just as Argentina have (Lionel) Messi or Croatia have Luka Modric,” Rohr told Deutsche Welle.
”But we have a good team spirit instead. It is not the individual quality, even if that quality is huge, that will make the difference, but the best team spirit. This is more important than having one Mohamed Salah.”
The former Niger Republic boss emphasized on team spirit ahead of the Mundial.
”We already have a good team spirit because everybody is happy to come and to play for Nigeria and to represent the green and white colors.
”And on the field we keep it simple. There’s usually not much time for preparation so I use simple tactics that all the players can understand no matter which club they play for,” he added.