Messi Favourite for World Cup Golden Boot Ahead of Neymar, Ronaldo

Stanislav Cherchesov

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Spain has been pitted against Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B of the 2018 World Cup. "Now we must not be satisfied with our participation, we must go with our determination and believe in our chances, even if it seems very hard for everyone", said the coach. "Spain is naturally favorite, as I've always said". It is attractive to be part of the Moroccan football history anyway.

The 2018 World Cup gets underway in Moscow on June 14th at 9pm Irish time. You feel how proud the people are.

"Portugal are a great team, they are the current European champions and have a lot of top level players, the highest level". They have experience and the coach also, maybe one of the most experienced of this World Cup.

Neymar's Brazil must negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as the South Americans seek a sixth title.

The Albiceleste should ordinarily be favourites to win Group D involving Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, but that will entail Messi's support cast - Mauro Icardi, Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria, Ever Banega, Paulo Dybala - stepping up at the tournament.

"We just didn't want to get Spain", said Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov.

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"I'm sure we are going to do well". A good omen for France could be the presence of Peru in its group, as in each of Peru's previous four World Cup appearances it has faced the eventual champion.

With a potent attack featuring teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid hotshot Antoine Griezmann and a midfield stuffed with talent, France should be among the World Cup favourites. Portugal are a great team, Morocco have not lost a game in qualifying.

Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.

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.

And Benatia who scored a goal in seven games as Herve Renard's men ended their 20 years wait for a World Cup ticket, is already eyeing a place in Russian Federation when the tournament kicks off on June 14.

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