Jordan is a very good pundit who gets most of his opinions bang on, but in this case, it doesn’t look like a well-thought-of statement.
“I find it really difficult to praise people for what they should be doing in the first place. I praise people for doing something exceptional, for being very good at what they constantly do,” said Jordan.
Jordan hasn’t taken into account factors like – a) Manchester City have been winning the competition for the past four years and b) the penalty was the climax of the match that will decide the outcome and hence everything was at stake.
It’s more than just doing your job. That’s why it’s a game and not a daily-routine job. Of course, Noble is getting paid for it, but in sports, there are elements that are different from what we see in daily jobs. Equating everything under the same banner is not a cogent argument.
Now, let’s decode his statement.
“I find it really difficult to praise people for what they should be doing in the first place. I praise people for doing something exceptional, for being very good at what they constantly do.”
So it means a) either someone has to score an exceptional goal, make an exceptional pass, an exceptional defending, or an exceptional save during a game to earn praise from Jordan, and b) We are talking about a particular game – a player should be praised / criticised based on that particular game and not for being “consistent” in his career or the season. Yes, of course, they should be praised, but that’s a different context altogether.
This is absurd. Say, it’s a Champions League knock-out stage, and the game has reached the penalty stage. So for Jordan, it is not worthy of praise if a player scores the winning penalty or starts the scoring to give his side a lead in a pressure situation, because it is a normal routine for him.
Had that been the case, Fabio Grosso (as per Jordan) or Andrea Pirlo only did his routine job, and shouldn’t be praised for scoring the crucial penalties (Grosso – final penalty, Pirlo – opening penalty) against France in the 2006 World Cup!
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