We Are in Tough Group, Spain Coach Lopetegui Says

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: Summary

The FIFA World Cup 2018 draw in Russian Federation on Friday saw defending champions Germany selected in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

"Portugal current European champion and with a host of top-level footballers".

"Portugal are a great team, who have beaten us not long ago, while Morocco qualified by beating the Ivory Coast and are a very well consolidated side, while Iran didn't conceded any goals and they are going to ask a lot of us", said Lopetegui.

The ceremony had Legends of the game representing the eight previous World Cup-winning nations, which included Brazil's Cafu, Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguay's Diego Forlan, Germany's Miroslav Klose, Argentina's Diego Maradona and Spain's Carles Puyol.

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The glitzy draw at the Kremlin on Friday placed Neymar's Brazil in a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title.

Team Melli have never gotten past the group stage in four World Cups but the former Real Madrid says they will see what happens. Performance against defending World Champions, and bookies favourites, Germany could well determine who qualifies, as it did for the Boys in Green in 2002.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui feels there is more to Portugal than just Cristiano Ronaldo, although he labelled the forward "one of the best in history".

"Other countries have been watching us over the last few years and they have progressed and they have great players". "This is a World Cup". "I can not say whether I'm happy or not", he told reporters.

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They'll face off June 15 in their opening game, and the victor likely will go on to win the group and set the stage for progression deep into the knockout phase and perhaps all the way to the final. "I hope they avoid each other because it would probably make a good semi or final".

"I can not say whether I'm happy or not", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, after also drawing Egypt and Uruguay.

"Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently".

France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. "It's going to be a hard tournament", Portugal coach added. "They are the champions of Europe and they have fantastic players", Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

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