Have you noticed that in a football competition, like the World Cup, each time a team wins a match, they have to be very careful otherwise they lose the next one?
That is something I have observed. When a team wins, they tend to go in for the next encounter with less determination. They take things for granted. In the end they do not do well. On the other hand, if the team that is coming to face them lost their last match, they will come with great determination; and so are more likely to win. And even if they don’t win, they will give their opponents a run for their money.
I think many teams have become aware of this and take every match with equal seriousness.
In a competition, do not look down on any team. They could take you unawares. As long as a team is qualified for the competition, it has to be taken as seriously as all the other teams.
Someone told me that once in the boxing ring, you should never take your opponent for granted. I agree in to to.
You may actually be stronger than your opponent, but don’t take victory for granted.
Taking victory or your opponent for granted may push you not to put all of yourself in the fight.
That could lead to a careless mistake on your side which could make you lose the encounter.