More mind games as Jose snipes rivals
The English Premier League season only kicks off tonight, but Jose Mourinho has been busy doing what he does best - playing the mind game.
Ahead of his side's opening assignment against Burnley on Tuesday morning (Aug 19, Singapore time), the Chelsea manager had both barrels out for Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini as he sought to get under the skin of his title rivals, Arsenal and Manchester City.
When asked if he felt pressure to deliver silverware after the Blues failed to deliver a trophy last season, Mourinho performed an epic taichi manoeuvre to deflect the question onto one of his foes by replying: "Why? Some, they have 10 years to win something, I have only two."
Of course, the 51-year-old was referring to Wenger, who was branded by Mourinho - among many other things - as "a specialist in failure".
Taking fruits off others' trees
Then, as he explained that Chelsea were in transition last season, the Portuguese tactician slid in another barb aimed at City manager Pellegrini, saying: "I’m not a very intelligent guy to choose teams.
"I like to work. I like to build. I don't like easy jobs.
"I don't like to get clubs worked by other managers before me. I don't like to arrive on time to collect the fruits off their trees."
As everyone knows, Pellegrini guided City to the title last season after Roberto Mancini was sacked when the Manchester side failed to defend their league title last year.
If Mourinho's already firing on full cylinders with his mind games before the season starts, it's safe to say that there's more to come from the Special One.
Of course, don't remind Jose that his first league title with Chelsea in 2005 came after he inherited a pretty good squad from Claudio Ranieri...
Sources: The Guardian, Mail Online