Let the Mind Games BeginBy: Daryl | January 9th, 2009
Whatever you think about Rafa Benitez getting into a war of words with Alex Ferguson, you’ve got to admire the man’s balls. Ever since Kevin Keegan lost the plot live on Sky Sports, Fergie has looked like the unbeatable champion of mind games. Even Jose Mourinho thought it wise to show some deference when he came to the Premier League.
But with Rafa the Gaffer’s Liverpool top of the Prem right now, and Fergie suggesting they might get nervous during the run-in, Benitez has struck back. Remains to be seen whether he regrets it or not.
But just one thing: I know it’s traditional to refer to these managerial exchanges as “mind games”, but isn’t it time we gave it a more appropriate name? Like “bickering”.
I know “mind games” makes it feel tactical like a game of chess, or an added bonus extra dimension to the on field play. But isn’t it really just two people who are a bit annoyed with each other exchanging a few choice words?