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The biggest mind-game of all at Chelsea?

Date: 10th February 2014 at 6:31pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Jose Mourinho has always been one of the Premier League's mind-game masters, but the Chelsea manager's most recent interaction with the British press could well be his greatest episode in psychological mischief to date. Last week, Mourinho dubbed his Blues side the 'little horse' in this term's title race, yet another snippet catch-phrase to add to the Portuguese's ever-growing collection of almost poetic sound-bites, playing on Manchester City's prolific overspending and Arsenal's unparalleled stability under Arsene Wenger to divert attention from Chelsea's 1-0 win at the Etihad last Monday night. And as if Mourinho had been waiting for the question his entire managerial career, when a journalist quizzed the Stamford Bridge boss on whether his little horse interpretation was an honest analysis or a psychological bid to put pressure back on his title rivals, Mourinho replied in traditional nonchalance; "Everything I say and do are mind games. The only thing that is not mind games are the results." I'd certainly subscribe to that theory -  last week I wrote an article analysing the psychological benefits from Mourinho's perspective of being the man who granted Manchester United their saviour in Juan Mata. And far from the self-entitled 'happy one' who arrived in West London ... Read More


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