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The Mind Games Continue!

The Mind Games Continue!

He's barely shaken off the criticism received as a result of his comments about Arsene Wenger but it seems Mourinho is not resting on his laurels.

When asked about tonight's mouthwatering clash between Manchester City and Barcelona, Mourinho responded with these comments-

'Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years.

'Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi - he is special - and they have more than him. But I think this is the worst Barcelona of many, many years.'


More mind games from the master or just a petty dig at his old rivals? In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Barcelona's midfield maestro Xavi, who is a vocal critic of Mourinho, wasted no time in admitting that he'd rather play City than Chelsea.

He said, when asked about THAT night in the Nou Camp, 'Chelsea won the Champions League but by my reckoning, without playing good football... They did it legitimately, but I think they were very lucky.'

Is Mourinho just responding in kin to Xavi or trying to unsettle a team that are just looking a little more fragile among Europe's elite?

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Writer:Tom
Date:Tuesday February 18 2014
Time: 11:57AM

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Just like your good fortune in having Ovrebo being paid by Platini when you beat us in 2009 Signor Hernandez...Cabron
Gian-Franco/Luca
18/02/2014 12:04:00
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yes this barca's is the worst even if they scored more than 5goals in every match
habbo
18/02/2014 12:43:00
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Hope Jose has a plan for Galatasaray and Didier instead. I think he just should avoid making comments on other teams, and giving english media journos headlines to jerk on! Enough! #Ktbffh
syed230183_chelseafc
18/02/2014 13:11:00
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What wrong has Jose done or said he simply said his mind and the truth we all know that this Barca isnt the same as 2years ago. So whats the fuss or Title mind games?
Victor Hamadziripi
18/02/2014 13:25:00
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I reckon there is also some reverse logic going on here with Jose's comments. He is also saying that Citeh should give it everything they have got (not that they wouldn't anyhow) and just a little pressure on them to prove themselves as worthy of playing amongst the big boys in Europe. As in this is not the best Barca side, so Citeh, what have you got?
BlueABS
18/02/2014 13:36:00
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If Citeh go beyond the Barca game, Jose knows very well that the pressure and games will pile up on them. Which could be good for the PL and our chances.
BlueABS
18/02/2014 13:37:00
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*Barca games* as in progress through to the next round
BlueABS
18/02/2014 13:39:00
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Why does it always have to be interpreted as "mind games"? He is just giving an honest opinion when asked for goodness sake! Something I have always enjoyed about him.
Maestro_Zola
18/02/2014 13:44:00
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Fergie played mind games for over quarter of a century, so why can`t Jose play his little games, as and when he wishes.
Blueheart9
18/02/2014 14:41:00
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not everything is mind games Tom. I could have said that; and you too lol. It's pretty obvious they're weaker now for anyone who know their football - the 7-0 total obliteration by FC Bayern...and all last term! Good question @Victor Ha....
HGH Magic
18/02/2014 15:17:00
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And at any rate, their perceived "weakness" is mainly in Europe, as they have a way of blitzing past most of the other 19 teams in the La Liga; and it is hardly surprising after all we'd have trounced them in 2009 semi final if not for Tom Ovrebo! In 180 minutes, I think City can maul them.
HGH Magic
18/02/2014 15:28:00
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Why is everyone taking every words spoken by Jose as mind games? He was asked and he gave an honest answer, if he didnt say anything he will be labeled as rude and disrespectful to the press. This is not MIND GAME, it is the truth, people interpreting him and getting into his head to say what he isnt thinking are very wrong. Maybe he should stop attending Presser ... wow it is hard being Jose Mourinho
cfctoruletheworld
18/02/2014 15:40:00
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Come on guys, you should all know that when Jose talks in public, there is a reason behind what he says. Call it mind games, whatever, some of it is definitely choreographed for effect, but even when it appears off the cuff, he has already worked out his thinking in what he says or is about to say. He's a very clever guy. Love him or hate him, still a very, very smart man.
BlueABS
18/02/2014 18:28:00
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Most managers come out with football cliche after cliche when publicly speaking. OTOH, like it or not, believe it or not, Jose speaks (his) Mourinho truth, you might not agree with him, but it ALWAYS carries weight and quite often a hidden meaning.
BlueABS
18/02/2014 18:35:00
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Well Jose needs to think about the truth which is,we didn't have one shot on target against City on Sat.That's what he really needs to worry about. That's the second game that it's happened to us this season,why?What was the other game?
THEBREEZE
18/02/2014 19:02:00
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JM hates Barca...understand it...enough said...
lamarochs
18/02/2014 19:10:00
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I can see Man City man-handling Barca...as Barca has a lot of "small-ticky tacky" players...I were the Man City manager I would have City "man-up" and run over the much small Barca and take them out of their game. Win the midfield. Moreover Barca has a WEAK defense. I can easily see Man City wining this game.
lamarochs
18/02/2014 19:14:00
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Jose knows his onions?I'm afraid if he think's this Barca side are poor,what does it say about us.
THEBREEZE
18/02/2014 20:59:00
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So sick of stupid Barca and their cheating, come on City pull a Chelasea on those cheating ********s.
Pavel Permiachkin
18/02/2014 21:11:00
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I hope Jose brings out his best smack talk and brings up pathetic Barca.
Pavel Permiachkin
18/02/2014 21:32:00
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