Roberto Mancini's mind-games seem to have done the trick, after he stated his belief that Manchester City were out of the title race less than a month ago.
While many people were confused by the Italian's seemingly negative statements, the Citizens' boss successfully lifted the pressure from his players, and allowed them to read the real message behind his words. Now, they are almost there!
Yaya Toure's interview with Fifa.com revealed that the manager's comments were part of a well designed strategy, as he explained that Mancini made a speech in the changing room telling his players that in the end they will emerge victorious.
"We always believe in ourselves because we've got quality players, fantastic players. I think the key was when Mancini started making a speech in the dressing room," said the Ivorian midfielder.
Toure, who scored the two vital goals for the Citizens at Newcastle last weekend, uncovered his boss' words that gave him and his team-mates strength to come back and claim the Premier League.
"He said, 'guys we don't have to give up, you know, because the Premier League is like that and maybe United can drop some points and we can come back. We have to believe to the end because we're in the most competitive competition in the world and most importantly we have to keep going, keep winning and maybe we'll be close to them'."
Mancini's predictions not only gave his men the energy needed to carry out this difficult task, but his accuracy earned the players' complete trust and commitment towards the manager.