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Spain coach Lopetegui shows respect for rivals following World Cup draw

04 December 2017, 12:38 | Anna Nguyen

Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez

Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez

Team Melli have been drawn along with one-time World Cup champion Spain, UEFA titleholder Portugal and Morocco in Group B.

"I think it's wonderful to be able to play against such strong countries as Spain and Portugal".

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Group E has a similar look with Brazil hot favourites but little to choose between Switzerland and Costa Rica, who both qualified via the playoffs, and Serbia.

Going into the draw, we knew Russian Federation would get an easy group based on how the pots were set up. Performance against defending World Champions, and bookies favourites, Germany could well determine who qualifies, as it did for the Boys in Green in 2002. "I've always said they are one of the favorites to [win] the World Cup and Portugal have to do what they have to do, which is to try to win each game".

Ronaldo will be 33 come next year's finals, meaning this will probably be his last shot at World Cup glory.

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"They are the champions of Europe, they have fantastic players and we are talking about the highest level", Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee. Commenting on Morocco's next opponents, the Frenchman said that the Lions will play against "two monsters", referring to Portugal and Spain "which everyone wanted to avoid in this pot".

Ajax and Morocco star Hakim Ziyech has given his reaction to the draw for the World Cup group stages which took place on Friday. "I believe that the best thing a coach has to do is optimise and make the most of the virtues of his players", Lopetegui told Barcelona-based sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.

If the allegations have been a negative for Russian Federation, the football squad is likely to be positive with the draw, the host pitted with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in Group A. Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia were the two lowest ranked nations in the proverbial hats.

France coach Didier Deschamps will be confident of winning Group C ahead of Australia, Peru and Denmark. "It's going to be a hard tournament".

"It will be a tough group".

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