World Cup 2014: City players react to draw
- 06 December 2013 19:23
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City's Brazil-bound stars have exclusively given mcfc.co.uk their reaction to the World Cup draw in Brazil on Friday evening.
England will have to overcome the challenge of Uruguay and Italy after the World Cup draw in Brazil handed them a difficult group.
Costa Rica make up the quartet for Group D which will test Roy Hodgson’s side to the full.
With several England hopefuls in the City squad, Jack Rodwell admitted he still has dreams of being on the plane to Brazil next summer – though he knows England have one of the toughest groups of all.
“Looking at the draw it’s not going to be easy but if you are going to win the tournament you have to beat the best so it will be a good test for us,” said Rodwell.
If we hit the ground running, who knows? It’s hard to say what will happen because Costa Rica will be a handful as well so we just have to concentrate on what we do
“I was lucky enough to play for England against Brazil in the Maracana last summer. It was an amazing experience and obviously I will do everything I can to try and be involved even though it won’t be easy.”
Zabaleta said: “We have to be happy with the draw. There are groups that are tougher but it’s easy to say that on paper – you never know until you actually play the games. I may be marking Edin so I will make it as difficult as possible for him!
“Bosnia and Nigeria won’t be easy, but we played Bosnia and beat them 2-0 recently in the USA. They have some good individual players so we will see.
The advantage for us is that we are in South America and we will have plenty of support behind us. Hopefully we will do a good job
Aguero tweeted: “There's no easy match in the World Cup, but effort and hard work always gives rewards! C´mon Argentina!”
Bosnian hero Dzeko knows he will be carrying the hopes and dreams of millions of his countrymen in Brazil. He added: “We have a good chance to do well in our group and what a fantastic way to begin our first World Cup with a match against Argentina in the Maracana – not a bad way to start and a great experience for every Bosnian.
“The draw could have been better, but it could have been worse, too so I’m happy to take this. Our target is obviously to go to the next stage, but we will see. We’ll learn more about Nigeria and Iran as we near the tournament but Argentina are the toughest opponent – after that, anything is possible.
“We did play against Argentina recently but that was only a friendly. You have to say, however, any team that has a player like Lionel Messi in will be hard to play against.
It’s a long way for the people from my country to travel and expensive, too, but I hope they will be there in numbers to support us
Manuel Pellegrini believes Chile face a tough challenge to progress from Group B. The City manager’s home nation will face Spain, Holland and Australia.
He said: “It will be hard. To be in the same group as Spain and Holland makes it very difficult for Chile to progress. These are two of the best teams in Europe but we will have to wait and see.”
Negredo, who has been in irresistible form for both club and country this season said: “Holland will be a very difficult game and I think Chile are also a very good team, especially as the World Cup is being held in South America. I think we will have to be at our best to qualify from this group but we will see.
“Our group is a tough one and so is England’s so it will be complicated!”
Yaya Toure’s Ivory Coast should progress into the next round after pulling Colombia, Japan and Greece in Group C and France were given arguably the best group of all when they were paired with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.
Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri should be in the Les Bleus squad for Brazil.
Finally, skipper Vincent Kompany added: “Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic and Russia. Interesting, but tricky because there is no hiding place for us. The next round is a must.”