2022 World Cup draw – who said what
Who said what during the 2022 World Cup draw on Friday:
“We have negative memories, but something like this doesn’t happen to us twice.”
– German goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer on the draw with other former Spanish champions. The Spaniards beat Germany 6-0 in a Nations League game in November 2020.
“You can clearly see that Germany have improved. They are going through a period of renewal but we are Spain, seventh in the world, and we want to beat everyone in the world.”
— Spanish coach Luis Enrique
“It’s the same handicap for everyone. It means that we believe the players will arrive fresher than at a normal World Cup, in better physical and footballing condition. Lack of time is a handicap, but no team won’t have much time.”
– Luis Enrique had just eight days between the break-up of domestic leagues and the start of the World Cup
“For us, it’s day one, so it’s pretty clear now what our program looks like for the end of the Premier League season and to get here as quickly as possible.”
– England manager Gareth Southgate, whose side face Iran on the opening day of the tournament on November 21, just eight days after the final round of Premier League games before the international break.
“I advise you (France) to prepare too because we have a very good team and we will be ready to fight.”
– Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand against the defending champions.
“A very demanding group, different styles, different ingredients but probably what we need if we want to be ready for this World Cup. And then the draw probably splits – the first four groups, they have less 10 teams head to head. , then the next four groups are probably final after final after final, so probably the final might be the least like a final. But that’s how the draws work. “
– Belgian coach Roberto Martinez charts his side’s path through the knockout stages. If they top their group, they could face Spain or Germany in the round of 16 and could be on the same side of the table as Portugal, England and France.
“I haven’t been to Qatar or Senegal often, so I don’t know those countries very well.”
— Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal on Group A rivals which also include Ecuador.
“That’s in the past. That was 24 years ago. What matters to us is what’s going to happen now.”
– US coach Gregg Berhalter after being paired with geopolitical rival Iran. The two countries met in the 1998 World Cup when relations between the two nations were particularly strained. Iran won this match 2-1.
“I’ve always bet with us against anyone.”
– Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio on the draw with world number two Belgium, Morocco and Croatia, finalists in 2018.
“We can view the glass as half full or half empty.”
— Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose team will face Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
“What an emotion it is to be here in front of you. Now it’s getting serious. Now we know it’s for real.”
— FIFA President Gianni Infantino
“When people talk about football, the first word is Brazil. I respect Brazil a lot, they are always the favourites, but I like to play against tough teams.”
— Serbia coach Dragan Stojkovic against the five-time world champions.