#FifaWorldCupDraw #Maroc pic.twitter.com/GEpPPb8S1h — Piers Edwards (@piers_e) December 1, 2017"Spain are the natural favourite." - Portugal boss Fernando Santos talks up their Iberian neighbour ahead of the Group B showdown. "Other groups are tougher, our is more straightforward. (Coach) Tite has to be preparing his strategy." - Brazil's 2002 World Cup hero Ronaldo to Brazilian TV after the five-time champion drew Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
"It's a pretty good draw compared to other groups, we have the status of favourite to assume." - France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to Canal+ Sport after the 1998 winner were pitted against Australia, Peru and Denmark. "I'm certainly not scared." - Germany coach Joachim Loew to ZDF. His reigning champion face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
Who can stop this incredible attacking flair of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus & Coutinho that Brazil will parade at the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia? The giants of the beautiful game! pic.twitter.com/HaRIPPHb4k— Boni Khalwale (@KBonimtetezi) December 1, 2017
"Beyond having the best player in the world, we need to have a team which function well." - Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli hopes his side don't rely on Lionel Messi after being handed a tough draw against Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland. "I go back to the last two tournaments. We really have to be focused, make sure nothing is taken for granted." - England manager Gareth Southgate looks for his team to learn lessons from previous failures. They'll play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
Argentina ?? vs Nigeria ?? in the @FIFAWorldCup Group Stage:✅ 1994 ✅ 2002 ✅ 2010 ✅ 2014 ✅ 2018 ....the World Cup version of Arsenal vs Bayern. ? pic.twitter.com/8vcqiJP5ur — SPORF (@Sporf) December 2, 2017
"Playing the group's first game against Brazil is a childhood dream." - Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes. "But we also played without Victor Moses." - Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr doesn't think the absence of Messi was such a key factor in the Super Eagles' recent 4-2 friendly win over Argentina.
Group D may not be a Group of Death, but it can definitely be a Group of Considerable Difficulty. Argentina, Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland. ARG the heavy favorites, but don't think there'll be any boring games in that one.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) December 1, 2017
The host "I think that this is a perfect - even ideal - group." - Former Russia coach Valery Gazzayev speaking to R-Sport after the host's draw with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two." - The relieved current Russian boss, Stanislav Cherchesov.
People worry the World Cup is tainted with corruption, but I’m sure all will be forgotten at the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia.— Henry Mance (@henrymance) December 1, 2017