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Jose Mourinho's Mind Tricks Examined

Sensing that the task of overtaking Manchester United and moving into first place in the Premiership is becoming more difficult, it’s plain to see that Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho is using mind tricks to dislodge United from its top position. After all, when football results don’t work, mind tricks is the next best thing.In an article entitled “Mourinho Ready to Topple Man Utd,” the BBC reports that Jose said the following statements:

  • “I don’t think it’ll take a lot of time to be top of the league.”
  • “I am happy to be just three points behind because we have had tougher fixtures than United.”
  • “Now is the time to win matches consecutively and go top of the league as soon as possible.”
  • “With the very good run Manchester United are having, they have to be frustrated to have only a three-point lead.”

Let’s take a closer look at Mourinho’s accusations. So far this season, Man United has only lost one match (0-1 versus Arsenal at Old Trafford). Other than the Gunners, the toughest opposition that United has encountered (other than Chelsea) has been Bolton, Liverpool and Portsmouth. United has already played Charlton, Sheffield United, Fulham, Watford, Wigan, Newcastle, Reading and Spurs.Chelsea meanwhile has lost two matches (1-2 against Middlesbrough at the Riverside, and 1-2 against Spurs at White Hart Lane), but their toughest opposition has been Liverpool, Bolton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth. In the other league matches, they have played against West Ham, Watford, Sheffield United, Portsmouth, Reading, Fulham and Charlton.Sure, United hasn’t played Middlesbrough and Spurs away yet, but they have played Arsenal at home. Chelsea, meanwhile, played Aston Villa at home, a tricky match to say the least.I believe Mourinho’s argument that United has had the easier schedule is bogus. Other than Bolton, Portsmouth, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa, are there any difficult teams left in the Premiership for United and Chelsea to play? The gulf between the top two positions and the rest of the league is very evident.So now that we’re more than a third of the way through the season, what do you think? Does United have what it takes to win the league? Will Chelsea be able to overtake United? Will United’s lack of depth on the bench hamper Man United’s chances?Tell us what you think by clicking the ‘comments’ link below.

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  1. Anonymous

    November 30, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Chelsea will prevail, Man U have flattered to deceive at times in a mediocre Premiership.

  2. Anonymous

    November 30, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Man United have played Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool at home and only got 4 points out of 9. In the second half of the season they’ll have to play each of them away.

    What’s hard to understand about that? It’s a good point about Mourinho is correct.

  3. Anonymous

    November 30, 2006 at 10:47 am

    Mourinho is Mourinho-he does stuff like that all the time. But I do believe that he will the title third year in a row-his team is able to grind the 1:0 wins game after game.
    On a separate note, I firmly believe(and I have been a Liverpool fan for 20 years+) that Liverpool- Portsmouth is a leading candidate for the worst game of football EVER played in history. Unbelievable. My late grandmother(God rest her soul) could have been a goalie for either team last night. The creativity of Liverpool was negative 17 and Pompey putting 11 men behind the ball throughout the game didn’t help matters. Yeah-5-4-1 is a winner, alright! The death to attractive football as we know it.

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