Originally Posted by Pho3nix
10.000 posts lulz.
Am I the only one who thinks the players seem kinda of...careful somehow, like they're not playing to their full capacity. Especially the goalscorers >_>
Losing a first match puts pressure on a team.
Most big tournament winners start with a draw and then free-wheel themselves into the next round because they have gotten used to the weather etc.
The humidity is supposed to be devastating over there. The weather very strange and the fields terrible.
Also, most teams take shape after the first round.
For example, the Spanish right winger, Navas, was VERY bad. Same was true for Torres. Now that this is known, new players will grab their chance.
Maybe they'll play 4-4-2 next time with Torres and Villa from the start.
Same is true for Holland. It didn't work with Van der Vaart and Sneijder on the midfield. The substitute (Elia) was awesome and another one (Afellay) was too. Sneijder sucked as well and might have to fear for his place.
Now it'll all be a lot more on edge.