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Portugal Coach Santos Cautious About Iran, Morocco

Portugal Coach Santos Cautious About Iran, Morocco

Ronaldo bagged 15 goals in qualifiers, and will need to replicate the form to first navigate a group that has Spain, Morocco and Iran.

A fairly balanced draw left the 6,000 dignitaries assembled at the State Kremlin Arena in Moscow with no standout "group of death" to mull over, although some intriguing matchups do lie ahead once the tournament kicks off next summer. Portugal is a great team, Morocco has not lost a game in qualifying. Egypt will be spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah while Saudi Arabia will make their first return to the World Cup since 2006.

Five-time champions Brazil will play against Switzerland in Rostov and has further pairings with Costa Rica and Serbia. Lopetegui said it would be a mistake to try to adopt the Italian "door-bolt" defensive system. Performance against defending World Champions, and bookies favourites, Germany could well determine who qualifies, as it did for the Boys in Green in 2002. They have experience and the coach also, maybe one of the most experienced of this World Cup. The Iranian fans deserve special World Cup preparations.

"But obviously, Cristiano is well known by all of us, one of the best in history, and also plays for Portugal, a squad full of other great players". "This is a World Cup". Spain are naturally favourites, as I've always said.

France heads Group C, slotted with three teams who needed the playoffs to reach Russia: Australia, Denmark and Peru.

Russian Federation launch their campaign to win Group A against Saudi Arabia in Moscow's historic and completely refurbished Luzhniki Stadium in the tournament's opening match on June 14.

Russian Federation face a host of dangers in Group A in the shape of Uruguay, led by Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

"Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently. It's going to be a hard tournament". "The majority of Morocco's players are playing in Europe and they knocked the Ivory Coast out and hasn't lost any games", Lopetegui stated.

Japan have a tough task to finish in the top two in a group that includes Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Sadio Mane's Senegal and Colombia.


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