MIND GAMES

Jose Mourinho has been involved in a lot of mind games with Manchester City in a bid to detract says major title challenger. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal are the teams involved in the title race this season, while Liverpool also have an outside chance as well. Chelsea and City appear to be the strongest of the lot. After 28 matches in the season, Chelsea lead the table with a four-point advantage over second place with Liverpool. Even though City are six points behind the blues, Mourinho has been consistently stating that City can only lose the title.

Manual Pellegrini’s men have two games in hand over the table leaders. Even though one of them is against archrivals Manchester United, it is regarded that they will get the maximum points from these two matches. Due to their better goal difference over Chelsea, they can go top of the table. Meanwhile, City captain Vincent Kompany says that the club will not be led into the mind games of Mourinho. He says that football is only about results and it is almost impossible to influence one another with just the media.

According to Kompany, there are four teams in with a shout to win the title. He says that Liverpool are also looking like title challengers due to their lack of distractions.

“It’s very simple in football, the winner is always right and the loser is always wrong. Unless a manager puts on his football boots and starts playing as a striker, I’m never really worried about what they can say. As I say, there are four teams and Liverpool is one that can win it as well. Maybe City and Chelsea have a slight edge, but then again Liverpool have just as much momentum,” said the Belgian defender after winning the League Cup.

Everton Sticking to the Their Guns

Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Arsenal may have left Everton with little to play for this season but Leighton Baines is insisting that they will continue to play attacking, expansive football as they chase a Europa League place.

Having been beaten 4-1 by the Gunners it would be easy for Everton to sit back in the future, trying to avoid being exposed on the counter-attack but Baines is confident that his side will stick with the style that they have adopted under Roberto Martinez. “We try to attack because we’re an attacking team but we’ve got to get the balance right so that we can’t get countered on,” the 29 year old said. “The nature of our play is that we are a bit expansive at times but it’s something we don’t want to compromise on.”

Snodgrass and Ruddy boost Norwich survival hopes

Norwich City secured a vital 1-0 win over Tottenham at Carrow Road to move further away from the relegation zone, with Robert Snodgrass scoring the winning goal. While Snodgrass made the headlines for his goal just after the break, Norwich were thankful to a number of sensational John Ruddy saves for ensuring three valuable points remainder at Carrow Road, lengthening the club’s relegation odds with Betfair.

After an even first half, Norwich came out of the half-time break the fastest, taking the lead within two minutes of the start of the second half. After a dismal opening 45 minutes, Ricky van Wolfswinkel finally got into the game after the break.

MIND GAMES

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he wants to the mind games with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to stop ahead of the FA Cup clash with the table leaders. Pellegrini has come out worse in the mind games this campaign, as his Manchester City team have already lost twice to Chelsea. One of the losses came out at home where they have been quite imperious since the start of the campaign at home. Pellegrini has set a target of winning all four titles on offer this campaign. They have already qualified for the Capital One Cup the final in which they will be playing against Sunderland.