Group B, 1 day
June 15, Sankt-Petersburg, stadium “Krestovsky”
Referee: Junet Chakir
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Racitic doesn’t hide the truth: he wouldn’t like to see Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo at his current club next year. Portugal national team player can leave Los Blancos since he is very discontent with the president Florentino Perez’ non-fulfillment of the promises.
Argentina national team striker Lionel Messi assures he will not lose the motivation if Albiceleste manage to win the world Championship. As an argument, Barcelona player mentioned his titles won at Catalan side.
Spain national team former player Xavi Hernandes shared his views about teams who could win the world championship in Russia. Xavi reckons that the Spaniards will have to face a rather strong rivalry.
Brazil national team head coach Tite feels there is no limit to what his star Neymar can achieve when form and fitness are in his favor. Tite considers Neymar's talents know no bounds. “I do not even know the limit of Neymar," Tite told reporters afterwards. "His technical and creative ability is impressive.
David de Gea is not thinking about leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer, insisting his focus sits solely with the Spanish national team ahead of the Russia World Cup. De Gea signed a four-year deal with United, ending rumors for his possible transfer to Real'. "My future? The important thing is the World Cup and I don’t think of anything else that can divert or upset me," De Gea told reporters at Spain's Media Day ahead the World Cup.
Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes reaching the World Cup semi-finals is a good target for the nation. The 2014 runners-up are not considered among the hot favourites for the tournament in Russia, having struggled through qualifying.
Belgium national team midfielder Eden Hazard feels that his national side have all the right ingredients to push for ultimate glory in Russia. Hazard thinks the form of Belgium's key players such as himself, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku means the time has come for Roberto Martinez's men to match expectations.
Spain national team head coach Julen Lopetegui stressed that Barcelona former midfielder Andres Iniesta hasn’t been included in La Roja for past qualities. The national team headcoach is sure that Iniesta will be useful in the 2018 World Cup.
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudy Völler has given generous praise to Germany national team. The former head coach of Bunesmanschaft reckons that the current side is stronger than the squad which won the World Cup in 2014. I am sure that the current side are more than capable of defending the title won in Brazil.