** Vicente Del Bosque (Spain): “Chile have expert players and are very physical. We know they will be a very difficult team to face. Australia are a little less well known, but they have qualified from the Asian groups and I imagine they also have good players. I imagine that Brazil will finish first in Group A so we have to give everything to make sure we win our group too.

“Holland have changed a little bit, especially in the middle of the park, but they still have (Arjen) Robben, (Robin) Van Persie, (Rafael) Van der Vaart and (Wesley) Sneijder. I think it is good for our mentality that we have to prepare from the first day. Holland will demand that we start at our highest level.

“Everything depends not just on our opponents, but on ourselves and the way we mentally approach this competition. They make the game very uncomfortable for the opponents. They have had the same style of play for a few years now.”

Louis Van Gaal (Holland): “You can’t really do anything about it, but it’s fair to say that it’s not a good draw for us. We will play the reigning world champions, Australia, whom we have never beaten, and Chile. I saw them play against Colombia when they went 3-0 up and showed that they are a good team. If we look at our opponents, it sure is a difficult draw.

“You obviously expect to progress and we will then meet a team from Brazil’s group. We might meet Brazil in the next round, so it’s not the best of draws from a Dutch perspective.”

Jorge Sampaoli (Chile): “This is a really tough group, so we will try to be competitive enough to qualify. Vicente Del Bosque didn’t want Chile but we also didn’t want Spain”

Ange Postecoglou (Australia): “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 will see some great football played in our group and it’s up to us to play a part in that. We wanted to play some big nations. We want to test ourselves against the best nations on the biggest stage”


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