One thing that infuriates me when watching a match is when the commentator or analyst starts to spout complete garbage that it so blatantly wrong that you wonder how no-one is shutting them up.
Repeating these idiocies over and over often makes me reach for the mute button.
Take Tuesday night’s game. Throughout the second half, we heard repeatedly, ‘If Sevilla win this game, Arsenal can only win the group if Sevilla lose their final match’.
If Sevilla draw, and Arsenal win, Arsenal win the group. It’s not that hard to work out, given that in that circumstance, both teams would’ve achieved exactly the same results in their games, Arsenal winning the head to head battle on goal difference. But over and over again they insisted that a draw would be good enough for Sevilla, which it quite blatantly wouldn’t.
It got even worse elsewhere. Rangers began the night one point ahead of Lyon, but having won 3-0 in France the Scots held the head to head advantage.
Throughout the night, Lyon kept falling behind and equalising. Rangers also kept falling behind and equalising. The upshot of this was that Rangers were sometimes level with Lyon, sometimes still one point ahead, and sometimes two points ahead.
The commentators went on and on about how each goal was either fantastic news or a complete disaster. In truth, they mattered not one jot.
Lyon and Rangers square off in the final match. If Rangers win or draw, they go through. If Lyon win, they go through. The scorelines on Tuesday never changed that. I couldn’t care less whether Rangers were one or two points ahead by the end of the night, and frankly, neither could they – they lose, and they’re still out.
This inability to see the bigger picture is not an affliction that only affects ITV. In last night’s Liverpool game, they kept on insisting, after the match, that Liverpool’s win gives them a much better chance of qualifying than if they’d drawn.
When both Liverpool and Marseille were level, Marseille were holding a three point lead, meaning Liverpool had to win the final game against them to go through.
Liverpool then took the lead, cutting the gap to one point, leaving them…..still needing to beat Marseille. A ‘crucial goal’, the commentators claimed.
And then the final bit of ‘good news’ – Marseille conceded a late goal, so both sides ended the night level of points. With Marseille leading the head to head battle, this series of events left Liverpool, erm, still needing a win.
So none of those ‘wonderful news’ goals made the slightest difference.
Sometimes I wonder what these clowns are paid for.