Thursday 29 September 2016

'Analysed like a true centre half': Martin O'Neill expertly cuts down Rio Ferdinand on TV

Published 15/09/2016 | 09:25

While most people in Ireland watched RTE's coverage of Leicester against Brugge last night, BT Sport subscribers were treated to another dose of Martin O'Neill's acerbic wit.

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The Ireland boss is known to enjoy a dry one liner and he was in top form yesterday as he joked with Rio Ferdinand while analysing the Foxes' 3-0 win in their Champions League opener.

Former centre back Ferdinand was blaming the Brugge midfield for the concession of a goal, which O'Neill pounced on quickly.

"Analysed like a true centre half," he said.

"You are murdering the midfield players. Centre halves, I love it when a goal is scored, they never worry about closing them down themselves, it is the midfielders to be blamed.

"Centre halves, I love it, I really love it. They have an incredible ability to blame someone else for a goal."

Ferdinand laughed along with O'Neill's blunt assessment, with the former Leicester manager proving to be a hit with the viewers during BT's opening group game broadcast of the season.

Claudio Ranieri's men impressed in their Champions League bow, with Danny Drinkwater and a Riyad Mahrez brace already putting the Premier League champions in a strong position to qualify for the last 16.

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