Not everything football managers say before games are necessarily true or even accurate, as they tend to play mind games with each other, in order to try to gain an advantage over the other side.
Jose Mourinho – Newcastle a very difficult game
And the manager always says the opponents are a very good side, just in case their players are over-confident and might think it’s an easy game – there’s no place for over-confidence in the Premier League.
And Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in his interviews before this game this afternoon at St. James’ Park, has said the game at Newcastle is always one of the most difficult games of the season, so obviously he hasn’t been watching our side recently.
This is what Sir Bobby Robson’s protegé said about the game today:
“We go to Newcastle and we know that we’ve got one of the most difficult matches in the whole season.” “It’s very, very difficult for us to play at St. James’ – but I want to try.”
“It’s important to go in the right direction. To go in the right direction is to play the way we have been playing.” “We are improving, we feel that we are improving. The quality of our game is good.”
“The results in this moment, in this last month, are fantastic because we won every match in every competition in October (note – just in case people missed that).”
“We had to play Schalke away, we had to play Arsenal away, we had to play Man City at home. We had very difficult matches but we won every match in October.”
We have just about convinced ourselves that we’ll get nothing out of this game today, so we’ll be surprised and very happy if we even get a point.
How’s that for some positive (negative?) psychology?