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What they said about the World Cup draw

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What they said about the World Cup draw

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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) -- Quotes about the World Cup draw:

''We can't worry too far ahead past the group stage. If you start thinking about the second round you forget about the teams in the first round, which are important. We have worry about these teams first.'' - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

''We can't say we were handed an easy draw. It's a complicated group with tough sides. It's going to be difficult.'' - Spain coach Vincent del Bosque.

''It's definitely one of the tougher groups, if not the toughest, but at the same time, this is what the World Cup's all about. You go there to play against the best.'' - American forward Jozy Altidore of being grouped with Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

''I think the team's mentality is that we can go and play with anybody. Now we're going to have to prove it.'' - American defender Matt Besler.

''It's a tough group, there's no doubt about that. In Italy and Uruguay it's almost as though we have got two No. 1 one seeds in our group. We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in the quarterfinals at the Euros. The game is going to be tough from a climate point of view for both teams. We're both in the same boat.

''There were not going to be many scenarios where we were going to be jumping for joy.'' - England coach Roy Hodgson.

''Now that we are in such a hard group, then it is good that we are opening the World Cup against Brazil. It will be a great opening, tiny Croatia against great Brazil.'' - Croatia coach Niko Kovac.

''Our style of play generally remains the same. We are tough and we don't concede easily. I don't care how people describe our game or whether our style will be more defensive or offensive. We will play to make the last 16 and will fight for it as much as we can - you can be sure about that.'' - Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis

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