Well, here I am, blogging during a Euro 2008 quarter final again, and as I correctly predicted (for once) Italy are deadly -- in all senses of the word. Ten at the back much of the time, with four in the middle being just about their most adventurous gambit so far. Spain, to their credit, are seeking to enliven proceedings and actually win the game. But they could well go the way of the inventive Dutch and Portugese. I hope not. Even ex-Celtic and current Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill, a splendid man and a committed Azzurriphile, is recanting on live TV. Quite right, too. An Italian win on penalties would be the worst of all results.