Sunday, 9 February 2014

Mourinho: I'm all mind games

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Mourinho: I'm all mind games

Manipulator: Chelsea manager happy to mess with rivals as title race hots up
 JOSE Mourinho is happy to play mind games with Chelsea's title rivals because he believes it can help his side win the Premier League.
Mourinho raised eyebrows last week when he claimed Chelsea were the "little horse" in the title race and should be regarded as third favourites behind leaders Arsenal and second-placed Manchester City.
The Chelsea manager stuck firmly to that line when asked if he had changed his verdict on his third-placed team's title chances following their impressive 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
But Mourinho's comments could be seen as a bid to take the pressure off his players and increase the scrutiny on Chelsea's main competitors in the fight for the title.
And the Portuguese coach conceded that his reputation as a clever manipulator of the media meant many of his public comments would be taken as mind games, regardless of whether that was his intention.
"Everything I say is mind games. Everything I do is mind games. Everything is mind games," Mourinho said on Friday.
"The only thing that is not mind games is the results. That's not mind games.
"Do we dream to win the Premier League? Of course. If we don't, we don't play.
"If we have the chance to win we are not going to say we don't want to, but we have not the same responsibilities (as Arsenal and City), that's for sure."

Read more: Mourinho:  New Straits Times 


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