Jose Mourinho - Let the mind games commence

Mourinho Dugout

Jose Mourinho has been sworn in by the British press as the new Chelsea boss and he didn’t disappoint.

In a typical display of Mourinho-ism, it was difficult to work out yesterday where he was being genuine and where he was putting on a bit of a show.

To be honest, that’s why the press and the online media love him so much because he makes headlines and he gives his honest down the middle opinion. It’s great to have him back but the mind games have already started.

He managed to undermine his rivals while keeping key Chelsea questions secret, which is one of the reasons he’s the right man to guide Chelsea back to the top of English football.

He couldn’t talk about David Moyes without mentioning Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United and how disappointed he’ll be heading back to Old Trafford not to meet his mate Sir Alex for a glass of wine after the game.

He’s jumped the gun, instantly undermined Moyes and given the new United boss a subconscious reason to fester away, letting that anger and resentment grow until it forms itself in the shape of tactics which Mourinho can take advantage of.

He did the exact same thing with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. He said he’s happy to see that Arsene is still there.

A nice gesture on the surface but perhaps he’s happy because Arsenal haven’t won anything since 2005 and despite their recent boasts of financial capability, he may not see them as a threat.

He was very coy on Manuel Pellegrini going to Manchester City but it’s difficult for him to stick the knife into a club when they haven’t actually appointed a permanent boss.

One up for Manchester City there but he didn’t talk about them with the same admiration, care and intention to cause chaos as he did Arsenal and Manchester United which perhaps shows he doesn’t have that level of respect.

Then we move onto the managers he described as ‘boys’, the bosses who could all give Chelsea potential banana skins next season.

He was quick to track back on why he’d used the term boys in relation to West Brom’s Steve Clarke, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas.

They all had working relationships with him but that doesn’t mean it’s justifiable in the modern day for him to talk about them like a school teacher would talk about his pupils.

There is so much he didn’t address but it was clearly important for Mourinho to get the first jab in at a professional level against all of the managers and clubs with the capability of hurting him next season.

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