UEFA Cup Final: Rangers v Zenit St Petersburg
The time – 19:30. The place – ITV. The event – the UEFA Cup Final: Rangers v Zenit St Petersburg!
After the build up we are finally here at the UEFA Cup Final between Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St Petersburg – but who will win? Who will hold their nerve?
Matt Smith introduces the final from the City of Manchester Stadium with commentary from Peter Drury and input from Ned Boulting and Andy Townsend. This is Rangers’ first appearance in a European Cup Final for over thirty years and the Scottish invasion of Manchester is in full flow. Authorities in the city are expecting over 100,000 fans to flock to the final even though only 13,000 Rangers fans will have tickets.
While the City Council had initially advised ticketless fans to stay away from the city, the sheer number of fans set to arrive has prompted authorities to erect a number of large screens and set up fan zones. It promises to be an exciting night, but will the underdogs pull through? Or will the slick Russian outfit take the glory?
While many are giving Rangers no chance this evening, they have a team spirit and a togetherness which few in UK football can match. They have a game plan which has seen them through over sixty games this season and left them contending for three more trophies after bagging a Cup Final win in Scotland earlier this season. On the surface it should be a straightforward win for the Russian team, backed by their multi-millionaire owner, but this is the big match and their top scorer is suspended for the final.
It is interesting to see how the challenge from SKY Sports has prompted a major improvement in ITV’s football coverage. Better camera angles, use of new technology to review the game and a better all round package is helping ITV Sport to fight back. This means a better viewing experience for the fans who will be tuning in tonight.