They say there is a fine line between genius and insanity and no one in football treads this line more precariously than Jose Mourinho.
As we head into the business end of the football season, it seems Mourinho is doing what he does best - playing mind games.
But unlike most of his mind games, the latest series seem reminiscent of his last season at Real Madrid. Make no mistake about it, Mourinho is the best in the business.
All the high profile teams he has ever managed - with the exception of Benfica - have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and all of his former clubs have won all their domestic accolades under his stewardship.
However, as Mourinho’s career advances one cannot overlook the fact that sometimes he beats himself with his own mind games. Take Chelsea's loss at Villa Park on Saturday.
Chelsea had a great opportunity to take a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League table but they failed to because of indiscipline on the pitch and most disconcertingly in the technical area.
It was this same kind of lack of discipline which plagued Mourinho’s last season with Real Madrid and ultimately led to a rare trophy-less season for the 'Special One'.
Last night saw Chelsea put on a more composed performance which suggests that they may be real contenders for the Champions League title but they still have some distance before they achieve the unflinching discipline of Bayern Munich who look certain to retain their title.
But let's not forget that Mourinho is an upset specialist particularly in the Champions League. So his opponents should heed caution, because seasons gone past have shown that there is method to Mourinho’s madness.
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