"The others are circumstances of the competition".
Still, November friendlies were hardly encouraging, with a 5-0 thrashing by Spain and a 1-0 loss to Hungary. His form can decide Denmark's fortunes in Russia.
Coach: Age Hareide - The 64-year-old Norwegian has spent his entire career in Scandinavia, including a five-year spell leading his home country. "It's a group to prepare for the second phase in".
What's your take on the modern game? I cried a lot and asked why many times because these things make us stronger. His team focusses on defence first and counterattacks when it can.
Just their fans travelling to Russia to support their team should behave, after FIFA fined the Serbian soccer federation 160,000 Swiss francs ($160,000) for incidents involving fans at World Cup qualifying games.
This has the feel of a pretty competitive group.
Last year's run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, knocking out England on a memorable night in Nice, showed the talent and determination in Iceland's team. The United Stated, with their investment, are out.
After a positive qualifying campaign and with a squad that bares little resemblance to the one that were so humiliated in Belo Horizonte there is a new energy running through the Selecao. It's a real challenge for me to come up against something like that.
Coach: Carlos Queiroz - The veteran Portuguese manager retained his job after the 2014 World Cup and has rebuilt the squad, bring in young players such as Azmoun.
With all due respect, I have to disagree with you about (Marcelo) Bielsa's Argentina peaking then. Senegal took advantage to win the replay, changing the dynamic of the group. They're very strong. Then there's Portugal, the European champions, and Belgium, who have a top-class generation of players, with [Kevin] De Bruyne, [Romelu] Lukaku, [Thibaut] Courtois and [Axel] Witsel. Of course, we need adjustments for every opponent we are going to face.
The shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic hangs over the national team. And will the Swedes accept him back? It was a fantastic day and it's nice to be able to relive that.
"You see how a characteristics of a World Cup are interesting. Serbia have always had good individuals and this time they have formed a good group".