Originally posted by scacchipazzo
BY that logic then England should also be a dud as should be the Dutch. Brazil 2-1 against NK should forecast a Brazil elimination because Portugal beat same team 7-0? I think not! Whole new ball game in knockout stage. Some teams come alive, others flop. England should be a dud but one never knows. Who knows. USA might come alive. Plucky and spunky tea ...[text shortened]... entina have looked the strongest! Yet we can't forget Spain may come alive or even the Dutch.
Basically your saying u never know whats comming. I totally agree. But Im just saying sometimes you have good reasons to believe you're team is going to fight for the title. Judging by US games, I wouldnt say its the case.... but.... U never know...
And for strong teams (Argentina, Brazil, Holland, Spain... I wouldnt say this Cup have many strong teams) group stage is pure practice. It's a chance to improve your game for the Knock out. It doesnt mean its going to be all easy games. It's never easy to play against a team with 10 players behind the half line. But they're teams you know they will qualify and this tuff games are not the games of their lifes, it's just making them better. Of course, unless you are in a "death group" or something. Holland may not have shined but they won all 3 games easily, they dont even needed Robben.