Tunnel cams remain a guilty pleasure for me. Their relative rarity -- still only a few Premier League do it on a regular basis, and Chelsea aren't among them -- only adds to the anticipation. However, this latest offering, courtesy of Manchester City's best-in-class video and club-TV production team is a bit of a damp squib.
That's not to say it's not without its moments. Diego Costa yuks it up with Martin Demichelis, Zabaleta (?), and Sergio Aguero before the game; Aleks Kolarov remains ever-popular with everybody; Fabregas, who seems to be our vocal leader in the tunnel, has a mini-reunion with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy; Mourinho cuts a forlorn figure, while Pellegrini buddies up to Costa. Sadly, completely missing are any of the half-time fireworks between Costa and Fernandinho (we only see a bit of staredown from the Chelsea man as the teams walk back out for the second half).
And then, at the end, Mario makes an appearance, and everybody loses their minds.
For the first time ever, City TV have also put together an "interactive tunnel cam" that can be controlled and moved while the video's playing. It's pretty cool.