RTE vs Sky: How the pundits saw the Champions League semi-finals

Two clips here from both nights of the Champions League action that show the differing journalistic styles of Irish broadcaster RTE and England’s premier sports channel, Sky.

We start we RTE’s post match debate following Manchester United’s defeat of Arsenal. The regulars on the show – Jonny Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Graeme Souness – used their after match segment to debate the virtues of Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy, with the two Irishman ganging up on the Scot in criticising Arsenal’s lack of spending down the years.

After getting locked in a fierce debate about Wenger’s decision to let Flamini leave the club last summer the pair set-aside their friendly facade to have the following outburst.

Dunphy to Souness: “You don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t know what you’re talking about.” Souness: “Where did you manage?” Dunphy: “I didn’t manage anywhere…I managed to stay alive for 63 and a half years, baby.”

Cue the commercial break.

See the RTE debate here.


Matters were equally heated in the Sky studios on Wednesday night with Jamie Redknapp, unable to sit still throughout the broadcast as his blood was naturally bubbling, taking the lead role of fuming at the camera while drawing back-up from Ruud Gullit and Graeme Souness alongside.

All the talking-heads offered sympathy to Chelsea, going as far as to offer understanding for the Blues bad behaviour, before the panel took a forensic look at all the contentious penalty decisions which went the way of the Catalans.

On the Malouda non-penalty, Redknapp was caught tripping up on his own words as he spluttered “the last foul he made… he blew up just as he got into the box… Ruud, no?!” And when discussion arrived at the Ballack-Eto’o decision again Redknapp struggled to deliver composed, coherent thoughts bleating “his arm… as soon as you lift your arm up that high… I know it comes from a short distance… how has he not given that one. I can’t get my head around it.”

The Sky post-match analysis can be seen here and here.


As a bonus, the Guardian have gone about collecting views of both the Chelsea and Barcelona squad over the performance of referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, with everyone from Lampard, Hiddink, Ballack, Guardiola and Pique all airing their thoughts. The video can be seen here.