There has been astronomical advancement in the technology used for football punditry, with Sky Sports leading the charge. Tonight, they deployed a new segment and it was remarkable.
The panel were discussing a piece of build-up play from Manchester City during their 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday. To demonstrate the challenge that lay before Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jamie Carragher became Lichtsteiner through the power of virtual reality.
Wearing a virtual reality headset, Carragher stood in as the defender and operated as him in the game. When he looked left, the camera spun to show City's movement down the flank. When he turned right, Raheem Sterling was charging at him. It was a unique insight into how Pep Guardiola's outfit exposed their opposition at pace.
? Jamie Carragher will be using virtual reality on tonight's #MNF
If you'd like to use VR to let you see one sporting moment what would it be?
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 4, 2019
— Carl Jones (@CarlDJones) February 4, 2019
The technology proved popular among viewers.
This VR is unreal. What a piece of equipment #MNF
— Dariuz Davey (@bcfcdaz) February 4, 2019
Nice use of VR on #MNF showcasing the problems Lichtsteiner had once City decided to switch play with diagonal balls towards the far positioned Sterling
— Ahmed Walid (@Walid_4) February 4, 2019
The VR analysis on #MNF, while in need of finessing, is really smart. Great idea
— Ian W (@IanDubbleU) February 4, 2019
— Luke Jones (@LukeJones95) February 4, 2019