Surprised by the rather bland 0-0 draw between Portugal and Brazil last Friday? The Portugeezer wasnÃ¢ÂÂt as both teams made a couple of changes on their starting XI and werenÃ¢ÂÂt exactly firing on all cylinders.
Should England do what some sections of the media seem certain they will do, and lose to Germany on penalties this afternoon, it won't be because the weight of history weighed heavily on the players' shoulders, or that the Germans cope better in high pressure situations.
Before the World Cup began La Liga Loca would have put everything it owns on Spain winning the trophy. Admittedly, that isnÃ¢ÂÂt a great deal, with the blogÃ¢ÂÂs entire worldly possessions consisting of a bunch of Buffy box sets and an orange. Which it has just eaten.
This Sunday afternoon will be livelier than your average Sunday, when youÃ¢ÂÂre more likely to be laid out on a sofa nursing the effects of the night before. But not this weekend because come 3 oÃ¢ÂÂclock the nation will be full of pride and hype as England take on the old enemy Germany in the World Cup knockout stages.