José Mourinho said that the world would stop to watch Manchester United play Real Madrid this evening. Of course that was hyperbole but it did make it sound as though he doesn’t know much about the world outside top flight football and is unaware of the hordes who don’t know or care about football.
He also doesn’t know much about people like me either, people who’d rather go and watch their own team play than sit in front of a TV and watch a game between two top clubs. Not that there are too many Birmingham City fans like me; the official attendance at St Andrew’s tonight was 13,532, the lowest of the season.
The game I saw ended as a disappointing 1-1 draw with both teams missing chances to score. But it was a live game and my team was involved, which for me beats watching any other team on TV. Although the standard of play wasn’t brilliant there were some things to enjoy: a goal to celebrate (I actually celebrated two goals because I thought that Lovenrands’ shot that hit the inside of the post had gone in); good performances by teenagers Mitch Hancox and Callum Reilly; some pleasing moments of skill from various players including a great tackle by Hancox to deny Ince a shot on goal. So, yes, I’m glad I went to support my team.