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Viewers Were Baffled By BT Sport's Champions League Coverage Of Milan Derby

Viewers Were Baffled By BT Sport's Champions League Coverage Of Milan Derby
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Last night's Champions League semi-final between AC Milan and Inter was a fantastic occasion.

Two genuine giants of European football, the Milan rivals had not graced this stage for quite some time. In fact, neither team had reach the semi-finals in this competition since they last won it, in 2007 (AC Milan) and 2010 (Inter). Of course, the fact that the fixture was taking place in their shared home of the San Siro only added to the atmosphere.

The game itself was an exciting affair. The 'away' team on the night, Inter would ultimately emerge victorious on a 2-0 scoreline thanks to two early goals.

The result leaves AC Milan with plenty to do in the second leg, although you wouldn't rule out a comeback.


While the game itself was an exciting affair, some felt that the coverage of the occasion left plenty to be desired.

BT Sport criticised for coverage of Champions League Milan derby

When it comes to their Serie A coverage, BT Sport have developed a sparkling reputation in recent seasons.

The way in which they broadcast top flight Italian football is as good as any broadcaster's coverage of top flight football in any country, with the team of James Richardson, James Horncastle, and Adam Summerton providing the perfect blend of entertainment and top class insight and analysis.


However, despite having the ability to trot out a brilliant line-up for a high stakes game featuring two Italian teams, BT opted to go in a very different direction last night.

They decided to stick with a more traditional Champions League punditry group for the fixture.

The much maligned Jake Humphries maintained his place as presenter, with Owen Hargreaves, Steven Gerrard, and Peter Crouch acting as off-site pundits. Rio Ferdinand was the only pundit sent to the San Siro to provide some pitch-side 'analysis', with Steve McManaman in the commentary booth.


Looking at that group, you wouldn't think that it would be one that possesses a wealth of knowledge on Italian football. As the broadcast went on, it was clear that such thoughts were correct.

The punditry group relied on some very vague knowledge of the two teams involved to get them through the pre-match buildup. They focused mainly on the only players that they had actually watched more than a handful times, that being those who previously played in the Premier League. Their pre-match discussion was a general one at best.

Hardly cutting edge stuff.


James Horncastle was given a small role in the broadcast alongside Ferdinand, whose only contribution to the show was going on about how good the atmosphere was.


You certainly would not have lost much by leaving the former Manchester United defender out there.

Those who watched the game could not believe the decision BT made to abandon their regular Serie A panel in favour of bigger names with much less knowledge on the two teams involved.

It certainly feels like football fans were let down on this one, being given pundits who had no more insight than the general punter on the teams involved.

You would certainly expect more for a Champions League semi-final.

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