Football: World Cup draw reaction

Football: World Cup draw reaction

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Team by team reaction to Friday's World Cup draw:

Group A
Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Luiz Felipe Scolari - Brazil coach:

"I am satisfied with the draw. But we shall be paying close attention to the opening phase. That should give us an incentive. I am not concerned with the second phase. Mexico is a classic going way back, I am happy with the match sequence."

Niko Kovac - Croatia coach:

"Brazil in the first game with the whole world watching, it will be something. We will try to make it difficult for them. Look at 2006, we gave them a very difficult game. I think Brazil is the obvious favourite but second place is wide open."

Miguel Herrera - Mexico coach:

"This group is hard. The teams are strong and solid, but the style will allow Mexico to play nice football. Mexico always gives Brazil indigestion."

Volker Finke - Cameroon coach:

"You know when you play a group match against Brazil it's more than just a normal game given you're up against the emotion of the whole country."

Group B
Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Vicente del Bosque - Spain coach:

"It is another draw, it is obviously going to be difficult to qualify. I said to people this morning we were going to get Holland and we did, in the first game no less."

Jorge Sampaoli - Chile coach:

"Really tough group, so we will try to be competitive enough to qualify. Del Bosque didn't want Chile, but we also didn't want Spain."

Louis van Gaal - Netherlands coach:

"It's difficult, Spain want to get to the final as do we. Even if we win the group we may have to play Brazil in the last 16. Chile are also a good side and Australia, well our history against them is very bad. We play Spain first - I hope they will not be in their peak form."

Ange Postecoglou - Australia coach:

"This is the World Cup. It's the best football nations on the planet and we will embrace the challenge that lies ahead of us. We wanted to play some big nations. We want to test ourselves against the best nations on the biggest stage"

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