“Four, maybe five sides, were playing on cricket pitches. The coaching is another issue.”
That was former England goalkeeper and current shot-stopper for the Indian Super League’s Kerala Blasters, David James. Yesterday. He’s the also the Blasters coach. It’s unclear whether he was speaking about himself.
Today, the Blasters lost 1-0 to Atlético de Kolkata in the inaugural Indian Super League final, before a crowd of 36,484 at the D.Y. Patil Stadium. James fared well for 93 minutes, until a Mohammed Rafique header broke the plane of the goal and James’s spirits.
Congratulations, Atleti! You will now go down in history as a first. No one can take that from you. Also, this might be awkward timing, but it’s worth pointing out that we called this at the beginning of the Indian Super League season. Very god-like.