But - amongst the pressures of learning and work - we seem to have lost our personal involvement in the game.
Our middle son still supports Liverpool, though. And my personal preference is the wit and wisdom of Barcelona at its best. Which doesn't stop either of us understanding what Manchester United's Alex Ferguson has brought to the game - or, indeed, being shocked at the size of the defeat the team suffered in yesterday's derby with Manchester City.
Today's text describes Ferguson's reaction, immediately after the match. The sign of great character lies, of course, in how one reacts to savage and overwhelming defeat. The ability to honestly understand the implications; the desire to pick oneself up and move on; the hunger for future battle ... these are all indications of a special kind of man.
As always, first the comprehension questions. Remember, this text was written for native Spanish-speakers. Nevertheless, with our translation tools and developing gist-reading skills to hand, we will attempt to understand it. Since you are reading for gist (that is to say, for general meaning), try and predict the possible answers to the questions before you look at the text.
- What's the first word (in this case, adjective) the text uses about Ferguson? How would you describe the meaning of this word in your own words?
- What was the final score?
- What was the atmosphere like off the pitch?
- What fundamental mistake did Manchester United make whilst trying to make up the difference in goals?
- Who was very happy?
- What had happened to Balotelli, the Manchester City player, during the week before the match?
- How many of the goals did he score?
- What did the Manchester City manager say about Manchester United's attacking mentality?
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