Brixton 'ill Pilgrim wrote:pilgrim_pete wrote: To win the World Cup we have to beat the likes of Germany and Argentina.
If we can't beat Germany on Sunday, we don't deserve to win it. End of.
Well, yes and no. Obviously if we lose at any stage from now we don't deserve to win it. But beating 4 world class teams in consecutive games, as we will now have to do, is a far harder task than beating two decent sides, then two top ones, as would be the case if we win the case. It's pointless to pretend otherwise
Individual error, fatigue, injury or an outstanding performance from an opposition player (at least one of which is bound to occur over the 4 games) will be far more costly against Germany or Argentina than Ghana or Uruguay.
But England haven't played top opposition for a very long time. Fairly easy qualifying group followed by one of the easiest world cup groups in the history of the tournament, top that off with the fact that England haven't perfomed well so far why should they deserve to play anything but 4 top opponents, and actually England will probably up their game anyhow.
Germany will pose a far greater threat going forward than any team seen so far, but their defence is suprisingly not as strong - England can take advantage of this but every player needs to perform at an optimum level.
With victory highly likely, euphoria will follow and headlines of we can beat anyone will be posted around the world. The next problem as you underline are the 2 or 3 teams that England may face that are even better than Germany. I have said semi final knockout all along and I will stick by it. 3rd/4th position would be a great achievement considering the fact there are around 6 or 7 better teams in this tournament.