Joachim Low, Germany (Coach):
"It's an interesting group. Russia are the strongest opponents on paper but Finland came very close to qualifying for EURO 2008 and we know Wales must be respected too. With all respect to the other teams, our aim has got to be to finish first and qualify for the World Cup directly."

Oliver Bierhoff, Germany (Team Manager):
"We're pleased with the group. We've been handed a good line-up. Our interpretation is that the top seeds are expected to win the group. Russia are definitely tough opponents, but we mustn't underestimate Finland either. I played against the Finns often enough, they're very robust. Another important factor is that we're taking on two renowned coaches, Guus Hiddink with Russia and Roy Hodgson for the Finns. Despite last week's goalless draw with Wales we'll be favourites against them, as we will be against the other teams in the group, although we're obviously aware you mustn't underestimate any opponents."

John Toshack, Wales (Coach):
"It's a really tough draw, we knew it would be, and it will be interesting going back to Germany so soon after facing them in the EUROs. But this is such a young team we have that we should be looking to improve with every qualifying competition. I do think there's talent there and hopefully people can see we're going in the right direction."