Spain may have been given a rather short straw in Netherlands and Chile in their World Cup draw, but that shouldn't give them cause for concern. The pressure is on the rest...
Those of us who support lowly clubs can find it difficult to imagine the fuss made over two defeats suffered by a goliath. Will this weekend's Copa offer some respite?
We'll kick off with Nick Miller's Premier League XI...
GOALKEEPER - David De Gea
There are only really two realistic candidates for this slot. In fact, unless we've missed someone, there are literally only two candidates for this slot. If Reina was playing like he did in 2008, this would be a pretty close call, but his decline was underlined this summer when Brendan Rodgers spent a good slice of his relatively limited transfer fund on Simon Mignolet. Rodgers may claim that the Belgian is there to provide competition, but he's fooling nobody - a club of Liverpool's current means does not spend £9million on a goalie unless they need him. De Gea is still a work in progress, but even now he pulls off saves that make you double-take.
DEFENCE - Cesar Azpilicueta, Chico Flores, Carlos Cuellar, Nacho Monreal
This is where La Liga's XI have the clear advantage, with few quality Spanish defenders doing their thing over here. If you wanted a potentially-talented-but-made-of-stale-biscuits option you could chuck Norwich's Daniel Ayala in there, but he'd fall over and sprain his face before David Villa could even get near him. Elsewhere it's reasonably slim-pickings, with only Azpilicueta & Monreal anywhere close to the actual Spain side, but at least Chico 'Boy Flowers' Flores will provide some fun.
MIDFIELD - Jose Canas, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla
He might look like the chap from Nickelback's brother, but Swansea pulled off a decent coup by bagging Canas on a free transfer, and he will sit at the base of this midfield, allowing Mikel Arteta to do what Mikel Arteta does (which is, as you should know, be largely wonderful and lovely). Santi Cazorla gets the nod in front of those two, even though he faded rather in that position for Arsenal in the second half of last season. In any case, any of the front three could probably drop back to fill in if Santi goes off the boil...
FORWARDS - Juan Mata, Michu, David Silva
Firstly, Fernando Torres. He's out, largely because while he did score 28 goals last season, only two of them were against teams that you'd loosely describe as 'good', and in meaningful games - one v Arsenal, another in the Europa League final against Benfica. Michu on the other hand bagged against Arsenal (thrice), Manchester United (twice), Chelsea and Spurs. Plus he'll do a better job of switching around with the pretty sexy pair of Juan Mata and David Silva, a trio that will give Gerard Pique (and whichever other jokers our man in Madrid selects) the runaround, and no mistake.
BENCH - Pepe Reina, Angel Rangel, Daniel Ayala, Jesus Navas, Fernando Torres, Gerard Deulofeu, Iago Aspas.
And now for the La Liga XI...
GOALKEEPER - Iker Casillas
The choice between the Real Madrid man and Víctor Valdés to watch in bemusement at the Premier League's large, little and little trio beavering away will probably depend on which part of the great Spanish divide you are from. On one hand, Valdés has been excellent for both club and country over the past few seasons despite what some may constantly claim. Mistakenly. But Casillas is still Vicente Del Bosque's number one, irrespective of José Mourinho's curious misgivings last season. And if Casillas is good enough for the moustache-sporting maestro, then the Spain captain is good enough for this side.
DEFENCE - Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba
This is where some real kicking sand in the face takes place. This La Liga-based back four will barely be able to stifle a giggle when they gaze at the opposition defence. Heck, even Arbeloa will have good reason to feel confident. The big question will be whether Spanish TV viewers tuning in to this massive match-up have forgotten that Cueller ever existed in the first place.
MIDFIELD - Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets
No messing around here. This is the trio that has lead the national side to the World Cup and European Championship heaven. Two of the players may be a little creaky, but 60 minutes is all that would be needed to polish off the Premier League contingent. Cesc Fabregas could then be thrown on to do his own anarchic thang.
FORWARDS - Andrés Iniesta, Roberto Soldado, Pedro
Cesc was a possibility for a false nine position, but Soldado leads the line instead - the player directly in competition with Torres to start for Spain. Iniesta can drift about working his magic on the left, whilst the occasionally outstanding Pedro can give a make-shift back four something to think about.
BENCH - Víctor Valdés, Raúl Albiol, Dani Carvajal, Isco, Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Negredo, David Villa
Although there is a Spanish talent drain from La Liga, a representative XI of the league is still awesomely impressive. Indeed, the team could even be good enough to win the World Cup. Whilst the Premier League Exiles certainly have some fine players scattered around, an iffy defence and less-than-dazzling central midfield sees the team looking a little droopy. 3-0 to La Liga, in this particular contest.