Originally Posted by Sky1981
I may never be able to proof this, but it's called mind games for a reason.
It does have effect on psychology. The fact that some of us have reacted in a variety of manner towards press releases means that the players probably experiences this as well (regardless of how small)
Its just been called mind games because fans and the media want to inject an extra little bit of excitement into proceedings. If Mancini were to say he'd had jam on toast for breakfast, people would be trying to say he's playing mind games. To me, it looks more like he's pissed off with how the media wrote off his team and now insists on being sarcastic.
There are some very good, very experienced players on both sides. League winners, CL winners, world cup winners. They aren't going to be affected by the words of men who've never had any training in psychology.
I doubt Mancini's comments were in your defence's minds when you conceded 4 at home at Everton. I don't quite buy that Rafael, Evra and Evans played crap because they'd heard Mancini say the title race was over.
I personally just think that fans want to find drama at every possible opportunity!