Looks like Giovanni Trapattoni was right after all. The rain is mainly going to fall on Ireland and Spain tonight here at PGE Arena.
The Spaniards moaned that Italy didn’t let them water the pitch when they played on Sunday – today, the decision was taken out of anyone’s hands.
Trap, when asked yesterday if he would block the water pouring, predicted the heavens would open, to laughter from the media corps, who were wearing sunshades and carrying parasols.
But, yet again, the Italian had the little details under control.
The Spaniards might be happy that the gods are looking down on them, with the pitch ready to let them zip and swerve their way across the pitch.
And, while some punters are freezing in shorts and t-shirts, others are traveling with hope. There’s always someone worse off than you, they sing.
The countdown has begun and while the teams won’t be known for a while yet, speculation is rampant. Simon Cox has been given the nod to start in a five-man midfield, according to some, while others predict a start for Jonathan Walters, with some tactical shifts behind.
Only time will tell. And professional journalists.
Iker Casillas’ girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, a presenter with Spanish TV Telecinco, has just arrived – and that means the end of this preview. For now.