I am not sure how I got here, but this is where I am, especially after last night: fixated with how Mourinho’s cerebrum operates.

As always been the case, I refused to accept. Accept the fact that his mind games are not really all that inflicting. Had relegated them to that black box somewhere in the corner, inclusive of annoying people and their statements. I tried extremely hard not to be influenced by ‘the special one’ and his immense cerebral presence. But here I am reflecting on how he does it.

After viewing several exhaustive hours of YouTube footage on Mourinho’s arrogance, various meme’s, and a few ads, this image of the man below by courtesy of Maxi Rodriguez had wormed its way into my conscious and now won’t let go.

The man clearly plays his tactics based on the mental repertoire of his respective opponents; not based on the opposing team. This eventually trickles down into the performances of the team, day in and day out.

The man clearly plays his tactics based on the mental repertoire of his respective opponents; not based on the opposing team. This eventually trickles down into the performances of the team, day in and day out.

The one’s who could potentially add their names to the scoring sheet last night obviously did not feature. It was Ivanovic’s left foot strike from a distance, which made the difference. While it was always expected that he could be a potential goal scorer as a defender, it would likely come from a header, let alone a strike from the Serbian’s left foot into the lower corner.

Manuel Pellegrini already had his mindful. From Mourinho talking up the match at several occasions, suggesting “the title is anything but for City to lose” to the Chilean having won only once in nine games against him to the loss of Aguero and Fernandinho to the impending bout against Barcelona; it can get to the sanest of all managers.  And then the pressure builds, gaining force and momentum, until it is blissful, dominant and City fans come to near tears. All this as Manchester City sit second in the table, two points behind Arsenal.

Mourinho does not seem to stop though. In the post-match interview, he was quoted as saying, “Chelsea are only a little horse!” behind “two big horses.”

I cannot explain it, but there is something so mysterious and impressive about the Portuguese.

While there’s no surrogate for a naturally developed method to alter words, it is possible to pick up Mourinho’s intelligence by studying the form. And, of course, as we go deeper into the season, it would only be interesting to see how Mourinho manages to manipulate his words to ‘unintentionally’ affect his opponents.

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