We Are in Tough Group, Spain Coach Lopetegui Says

For fun, we also included the top four teams in the world that did not qualify for the World Cup in a hypothetical Group X. That group would be tougher than any group that is in the World Cup.

Spain on Friday afternoon were drawn to face reigning European champions Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B and should be favourites to reach the last 16.

Going into the draw, we knew Russian Federation would get an easy group based on how the pots were set up.

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee. Portugal are a great team, Morocco have not lost a game in qualifying.

"Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently". The last time they met, Spain beat Portugal on penalties at Euro 2012. The past figures and results don't serve us.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said the pairing with Portugal leaves little room for error.

"It's a very deceptive and treacherous group". "Portugal have to accept that we are one of the favourites but if you look in a bit more detail, you can see it's very hard".

"I'm sure we are going to do well. 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".

However, Iran have exited the competition at the end of the group stage on each of their previous four appearances at the finals and Queiroz has set his sights on a place in the Round of 16 in Russian Federation. That would happen if one finishes first in the group and the other comes second.

Morocco didn't concede in World Cup qualifying while Iran set a record for keeping 12 consecutive clean sheets in the qualifying - under Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, formerly manager at Real Madrid.

"At the end of the day, we've not won anything for a long time", says Kane.

Iran will face Morocco on June 15 in their opener. "They are the champions of Europe and they have fantastic players", Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro. In theory, a group would only need three good teams to be a Group of Death.

"It will be our first opponent during our opening match". As we all know in football nothing is impossible.

Santos has plenty of respect for Iran and Morocco, saying: "They are two good national teams".

"I think they're both tricky groups", Hamann told CNN.

England could in theory find themselves on a collision course with Germany and Spain if they do not win the group.

  • Kyle Peterson