Euro 2020 final tournament draw: coaches' reactions
First thoughts from some of the coaches after the draw for next summer's European Championships, which took place this evening in Bucharest.
The draw for the group stages of Euro 2020 took place in Bucharest, Romania this evening, with the big talking point being Germany, France and Portugal being drawn together in Group F.
The coaches from all the teams taking part were there at ROMEXPO to watch the draw unfold, here are some of their reactions:
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said, after his team were drawn in Group B with Denmark, Russia and Finland: "In terms of logistics, it's probably the hardest we could've had, playing Russia in St Petersburg in the first game and then Denmark in the second in Copenhagen, and then going back to St Petersburg. We need to adjust our preparation and we'll make sure that the logistics are just right."
Russia coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, reflected: "We play the last match in the group in Denmark and against Denmark, so it could've been better. But no matter what the draw is we have to get prepared for each game and give our maximum."
Germany coach Joachim Loew whose side face France, Portugal and a Playoff winner A or D in Group F said: "This is a group of death. The games in Munich will be football festivals. The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation. This is the reward for winning the qualifier group."
Didier Deschamps, France coach, had the following to say: "It's the most difficult group, but we have to accept it, that's the way it is. This will require the French team to be ready immediately." In reality they have several months, with the tournament kicking off on 12 June.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: "The group has the winners of the last three big international tournaments. It's a tough group with two favourites for the title and one candidate. We are going to believe in our chances."
Recently reappointed Spain coach Luis Enrique, whose team face Sweden, Poland and Playoff winner B in Bilbao said: "For me, Bilbao is one of the best stadiums in Europe alongside Wembley -- it's marvellous, superb. I hope that we don't let people down."
"In a competition like this, you hope to play seven games and win them all."
Sweden coach Janne Andersson: "Looking at the different groups, ours is not the toughest nor the easiest. We get later dates to play which gives us some extra days to prepare."
Italy coach Roberto Mancini whose side meet Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A was effusive: "I always enjoy draws, the emotions of it.
"I think this is a very balanced group. I'm happy if other teams fear us a bit more after a good qualifying campaign but we are fully aware that we must continue to work hard."
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic whose side meet England, Czech Republic and Playoff winner C: "It's going to be the same as in the semi-finals of the World Cup, as well as the Nations League. I'm looking forward to that game.
"We'll play at Wembley and kick off the Euros front of a full stadium. They're the favourites in our group and I've said before that they're a team taking huge steps forward. They're bringing football home."
Ronald Koeman, Netherlands coach, after his side were draw against Ukraine, Austria and Playoff winner A or D. Austria were one of the third seeds, alongside Portugal said: "I prefer Austria to Portugal, yes. With all due respect, we know how tough Portugal is as an opponent. I like that we will play against a country that we have not played against very often."
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