Otto Rehhagel, Greece (Coach):
"Our group may appear comparatively easy at first sight, but both the Israelis and the Swiss have often enough shown they have good footballers in their ranks. However, I have to say it should be possible to progress from this group. I'm looking forward to meeting up again with Swiss coach Kobi Kuhn, we've already played against each other and we have a friendly relationship. I'd rate our chances of qualifying at 75 per cent. Once you arrive at a World Cup, everything has to work out perfectly for three whole weeks. That's what happened to us in 2004, when we won the European Championship."
Yossi Benayoun, Israel (Captain): "If expectations up until now were exaggerated, they are realistic now: We should qualify for the World Cup. Up until now, we were drawn against big teams. The press put expectations on a high shelf, and then, when we did not advance, they always spoke about failure. For the first time, the expectations and the chances are the same and logical. If I had to chose between Greece, France, Italy or Germany, of course it is preferable to get Greece - even though we are not talking about an easy squad. It is a very strong squad, but it is still preferable than the big teams in Europe. I have always had a dream of reaching the World Cup, and it is possible that this could be my only shot at it as a player. I want to do everything I can in order to make history as a player who was at the World Cup with the national squad."
Jakob 'Kobi' Kuhn, Switzerland (Coach):
"We're in a strong, evenly-matched group. Greece are obviously the strongest team. The Greeks are tough opponents, but so are the Israelis. However, an evenly-matched group isn't necessarily a disadvantage. Obviously, we have a realistic chance of qualifying for the World Cup. If you're not convinced of that, you shouldn't enter in the first place."