Peter Drury gives amazing insight into how he prepares for a Premier League fixture
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Legendary commentator Peter Drury gave an incredible insight into how he prepares for matches ahead of his Premier League debut for Sky Sports.
Drury was signed by Sky Sports in June to replace the outgoing Martin Tyler, with the 55-year-old calling his first game at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday.
While there have been plenty of major deals going on in the transfer window this summer, it is Drury's arrival that is perhaps the most anticipated among many viewers of Premier League football.
Known for his iconic catchphrases - including his description of Kostas Manolas as a 'Greek god in Rome' after scoring against Barcelona - Drury's in-depth research and commentary style has proven a hit with viewers throughout his career.
And ahead of the fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool, the commentator gave an insight into the massive amounts of preparation that he puts into every fixture he is assigned.
Peter Drury gives incredible commentary insight
Prior to his first appearance for Sky Sports alongside co-commentators Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher, Drury appeared in a short video for the channel's social media account in which he talked through what goes into each 90 minutes of action.
He showed masses of notes, each section marked in different colours, for players, coaches and other key reference points, including form and recent selections.
Specifically for Chelsea vs Liverpool, Drury then showed a page dedicated to the rivalry between managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp - and a page on previous Liverpool number nines after Darwin Nunez took the shirt number for this season.
You can watch the video below.
🎙️Peter Drury in place for his first Super Sunday pic.twitter.com/VqYOhTPfvR— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2023
There are more notes on transfers, and Drury's reference to the Moises Caicedo transfer saga between the two clubs shows he has done plenty of research on that as well.
Speaking recently to the Daily Mirror, Drury revealed that he doesn't prepare any of his iconic
commentary lines before matches - apart from specific moments that he knows will take place - and confirmed that they are purely reactive.
He said: "My rule is you cannot prepare words for anything that happens between the first and last whistle.
"That is an entirely reactive discipline because you don't know what's going to happen."