Pre-match interviews tempting fate
Big mouths strike again
There are occasionally stories that make it into the public domain about the superstitions players or clubs have. Stepping on to the pitch with your ‘good’ foot first, kissing the pitch etc. But it seems this doesn’t extend to avoiding foot-in-mouth syndrome.
Take Momo Diame for example. Ahead of Wigan’s defeat at the hands of Premier League new boys on Saturday, Momo told the press: “I would like us to give Blackpool a very hard lesson to welcome them here. I want them to know that they are playing with the big boys now, things are going to change, and we certainly won’t be going into the game with a light approach.”
No, of course not.
It’s not just players though. Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck (whadda name) signalled Joe Cole’s move to Liverpool by saying: “Joe Cole has gone to a smallish club somewhere north of the M25.”
Righto. Given that the current ratio is 69 Liverpool wins to Chelsea’s 56, perhaps next time Brucey won’t tempt fate.
Do you have any good examples of players talking the talk in pre-match interviews but not walking the walk on the pitch?