It’s sometimes difficult to decipher the coding of Jose Mourinho’s mind. So when the Chelsea manager turned on his Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini last week, it wasn’t quite clear what his true intentions were.

He was probably looking for some kind of reaction from Pellegrini ahead of the clash between the two sides on Monday, even mocking the Chilean’s faux pas in the Champions League earlier this season when he failed to realize another goal against Bayern Munich would’ve seen City top their group.

But maybe Mourinho’s psychological gameplan was more in depth than that. After all, he seems to thrive under the pressure that only a direct opponent can apply.

Read full column at ONE World Sports.

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