Russia: Former legends Puyol and Cafu give their WC predictions

SOT, Carles Puyol, former Spanish footballer (Spanish): «I think that we should not live in the past, and this team will not do so. If it is favourite [Spanish team] it’s because we have very good players, a coach who fits in very well, who continues with the same philosophy, but with small differences.» Journalist: «A bit like Barca [the philosophy] ...» SOT, Carles Puyol, former Spanish... Еще footballer (Spanish): «Well, I think that the team of 2008 has changed; it wants to be the main character with the ball, and that is the philosophy that Barcelona has always had.» SOT, Carles Puyol, former Spanish footballer (Spanish): «I don’t know where they said that, sorry for saying it, but I want to defend the players from that statement. I don’t know Cristiano’s age…32, and Leo is 30, and I think they still have a lot of performances left…they can continue until 35 or 36 [with full form]. Especially them, who are very professional. They take care of themselves; you just have to see their physique. So, if injuries respect them, I think they can get to the next one [World Cup] if they want to.» Journalist: Russia? SOT, Diego Forlan, former Urguayan footballer (Spanish): «Russia has a good team, but the four I mentioned are above them.» Former international World Cup stars gave their thoughts on potential FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 winners, speaking at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday. Past Brazillian footballer Cafu stated his belief that: “The Brazilian national team comes in strong form. We had amazing World Cup qualifiers, guaranteeing a qualifying spot with four matches left. Today we are ready for the World Cup.» Carles Puyol, Diego Forlan, Gordon Banks and Cafu were speaking at the press conference, and will also be working in the capacity of draw assistants for Friday’s group stage draw. The former players were also full of praise when asked about their time in Moscow and the chances of World Cup hosts, Russia. Former England footballer Gordon Banks said: “Oh yea, Russia, Russia’s always been a World Cup country. Well they’ve always been involved in tournaments and things like that — alright you might not win them but the thing is that they’ve been there they’ve been playing some good football , beating some of the top countries, you know.” The FIFA World Cup Final group stages draw takes place on Friday, December 1.

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