Jose says City are favourites - but does he mean it?
- 04 December 2013 07:54
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Mind games aren’t what they used to be.
There was time when opposition managers could drop a subtle line here or there that just might plant a seed of doubt in their intended targets' psyche, but they are more often than not a transparent attempt to deflect the pressure they themselves are under.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, no stranger to the dying art of mind games, is quoted in The Daily Mail this morning, in a thinly disguised attempt to undermine Arsenal’s confidence while hinting City are the team with the most pressure to live with.
The Happy One has done it before and he'll no doubt do it again.
Writes Sam Cunningham in the Mail: “Jose Mourinho insists Premier League table-toppers Arsenal will be easily overhauled and believes Manchester City are the biggest threat to Chelsea winning the title.
“In a dig which is sure to rile Wenger, Mourinho showed no concern for Arsenal’s advantage, revealing he is an admirer of City’s ‘unique squad’ and saying it gives them ‘more responsibilities’ to win the league.
“He explained: ‘City don’t have old players, they don’t have varying players. You see all of them, players with big maturity, players with big experience.
Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, even Stevan Jovetic, these are the four strikers. And I say “even Jovetic” because he’s injured. If he’s not, I put him in the same level where they are
‘You go to other positions; you see Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, nobody more than 30, nobody below 23. The squad is absolutely amazing.
‘They have solutions and solutions and solutions. So if you ask me which team I think is the team with more ammunition I have to try to be honest. I have to apologise to the others in case they are not happy with what I say, but my opinion is City are the team with more ammunition.’”
Elsewhere, West Brom boss Steve Clarke takes a more pragmatic approach, saying he expects the Blues to cure their travel sickness before long – but hopes it can continue at least another few days.
Speaking on the Baggies’ official site, Clarke said: “And Clarke is hoping his troops can bounce back from their 2-1 reverse at Newcastle on Saturday with a positive result against one of the Barclays Premier League’s big hitters in front of a home crowd.
"We've a really good home game against one of the sides that will compete for the title, which are the type of games we like, we look forward to, with a good atmosphere,” he said.
“Hopefully it will be a good night for our supporters.
"It's been quite a strange league this year in that some of the so-called bigger teams have dropped points against sides they wouldn't have expected to drop points against.
"Man City at home have been a different team to Man City away, that's clear. They've four points from six away games, which is not title-winning form, but it's something they'll address in the coming months.
"For us, it's about making sure they don't address it too quickly!”