What they said about the World Cup draw

Quotes about the World Cup draw:

”We can’t worry too far ahead past the group stage. If you

start thinking about the second round you forget about the teams in

the first round, which are important. We have worry about these

teams first.” – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

”We can’t say we were handed an easy draw. It’s a complicated

group with tough sides. It’s going to be difficult.” – Spain coach

Vincent del Bosque.

”It’s definitely one of the tougher groups, if not the

toughest, but at the same time, this is what the World Cup’s all

about. You go there to play against the best.” – American forward

Jozy Altidore of being grouped with Germany, Portugal and


”I think the team’s mentality is that we can go and play with

anybody. Now we’re going to have to prove it.” – American defender

Matt Besler.

”It’s a tough group, there’s no doubt about that. In Italy and

Uruguay it’s almost as though we have got two No. 1 one seeds in

our group. We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in

the quarterfinals at the Euros. The game is going to be tough from

a climate point of view for both teams. We’re both in the same


”There were not going to be many scenarios where we were going

to be jumping for joy.” – England coach Roy Hodgson.

”Now that we are in such a hard group, then it is good that we

are opening the World Cup against Brazil. It will be a great

opening, tiny Croatia against great Brazil.” – Croatia coach Niko


”Our style of play generally remains the same. We are tough and

we don’t concede easily. I don’t care how people describe our game

or whether our style will be more defensive or offensive. We will

play to make the last 16 and will fight for it as much as we can –

you can be sure about that.” – Greece captain Giorgos