Football without fans isn’t the same, of course, but one of the most fascinating things about the games currently being televised is the fact you can hear what the players are saying.
For example, during last week’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Sheffield United, we heard Harry Maguire screaming at Luke Shaw to “f***ing switch on!”.
Had 75,000 fans been crammed into Old Trafford, we never would have heard it.
And during last Thursday’s match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, BT Sport released a short video showing what the players were saying throughout the match.
It turns out that professional footballers aren’t that much different from their Sunday League counterparts. The same phrases are used at all levels.
It also turns out that footballers in Italy’s Serie A use similar language, too.
During the final seconds of Inter Milan’s 2-1 win over Parma, Romelu Lukaku was caught screaming at teammate Victor Moses by the pitch-side microphones.
“Victor!” Lukaku, in space at the back post, shouted at the winger.
When the ball was cut out by the Parma defender, Lukaku could be heard, clear as day, yelling: “Victor! F***ing hell!”
Watch the funny clip here…
The camera then cut to Inter boss Antonio Conte, who was presumably saying something similar in his seat.
Inter have some ground to make up in the race for the Serie A title.
They currently sit third in the table, four points behind second-placed Lazio and eight behind leaders Juventus, with 10 fixtures remaining.
Lukaku is Inter’s leading scorer in the league this season with 19 goals, but the former Manchester United striker is unlikely to finish as the league’s top scorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has 23 goals this term, while Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has bagged an impressive 28.
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