I was listening to Darren Gough and Adrian Durham on TalkSport's DriveTime show on Tuesday whilst driving home from work. They were discussing the upcoming Brazil v Germany World Cup semi-final match, and Gough was dismissing Brazil's chances.
At one stage he said words to the effect of "Against Colombia, Maicon replaced Dani Alves. I don't know if Alves is injured, but come on, we all know Alves is better than Maicon!". Better in what way Goughy? Sure, he is better at getting forward than Maicon and probably has a better shot than Maicon, but anybody who knows anything about football, Felipe Scolari and the Brazil side will know why Maicon was brought in.
He was brought in because Dani Alves has had a poor World Cup. He was brought in because he is better defensively than Dani Alves. He was brought in because Luiz Gustavo was suspended, and therefore Scolari wanted to improve the defensive prowess of the side as a whole.
Darren Gough should stick to cricket
Merely saying "Alves is better than Maicon" highlights perfectly just why Darren Gough is not qualified to comment on these things. Don't get me wrong, I loved Darren Gough when he played cricket for England, but he has no business offering views on football when he clearly doesn't know what he is talking about. The fact he claimed Brazil looked great against Croatia in their opening game shows just how wide of the mark he is.
Glenn Hoddle also struggling
Another pundit who seems to have lost the plot is Glenn Hoddle. There are too many things to list here, but the thing that has really got me wound up today was his article in the Evening Standard in which he wrote "Let's face it, any striker would be happy against a central defensive partnership of Dante and David Luiz". Yes Glenn, that's Champions League and Confederations Cup winner Dante, the man Manuel Neuer said was the best defender he has ever played behind, and Champions League and Confederations Cup winner David Luiz who recently became the most expensive central-defender of all time.
Such narrow minded views, are a throwback to the 1980s, a bit like Hoddle himself. Football has changed Glenn, it's time to get up to date. No doubt if Hoddle was asked to pick who he would rather have in his team, he would pick Phil Jagielka over both Luiz and Dante. It's such backward and outdated thinking that so many British pundits suffer from, and we have to suffer too in listening to the utter dross being churned out so regularly.
Tim Vickery leads the way
It's a shame, because when Darren Gough is making ridiculous comments, it detracts from the good sense that Adrian Durham tends to speak. The same applies in the BBC studios, where eloquent and insightful pundits such as Tim Vickery are cut short or marginalised in order to accommodate such enlightened minds as those belonging to Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage. And why is this? Well, it's because they are ex pros, so must surely know what they are talking about.
Give me the views and opinions of people like Adrian Durham, Tim Vickery and Guillem Belague over those of ex professional sportsmen all day long please.
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