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Mourinho - The Man Who Would Hold All The Aces


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Hes the special one. The one that sits at the top of the managerial tree. The one that is impossible to read. Full of tricks. Full of mind games. Hes been in the limelight for a decade now, yet we still cant predict what is coming next from Jose Mourinho.

Except another win of course. But even off the football pitch we think the 51-year-old would be a winner. A winner on the poker tables.

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Of course first and foremost because winning is in his nature. Thats what Mourinho does. Hes already running away with the Premier League the 21st title hell add to his collection should the Blues lift the trophy and continually makes his sides almost impossible to beat with his intricate look at opponents play.

Which is vital on the green velvet. Over the years Jose has had his way over some of the greats of the game Wenger, Sir Alex, Benitez, Guardiola, and a large part of that has been down to his mind games.

Plenty of people in the football world have blasted him, which is essentially what he wants. Roy Keane and Louis van Gaal have commented on him already this season, and drawing emotion out of opponents is a key skill when it comes to playing poker.

Six time World Series of Poker champion Daniel Negreanu once said poker is all about playing the man, with the cards being irrelevant. And if one person in football knows about playing the man, its Mourinho.

And then theres tactics. Chelsea have yet to lose this season and Mourinhos record against the top four across his two spells with the Blues is impeccable he simply doesnt get beat. He continually sets his team up to get results, it may not be pretty, but effective it cant be denied.

There are some vital skills that a poker player needs to have. Understanding poker hands is as essential, whilst knowing your opponent just as the Special One does about every team he plays and how they play those hands leaves half the battle won.

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Certain players have favourite hands, just as Mourinho knows teams like to set up against Chelsea a certain way, after all he predicted Frank Rijkaards Barcelona team during a press conference back in 2005, so hed have the mark of any opponent he came up against. Then its simply Mourinho playing his hand, and he usually plays a winner.

Theres no doubt the Portuguese legend could turn his hand to the likes of poker. In fact its a skill footballers in general are fairly good at. The likes of Teddy Sheringham, Gerard Pique, and former Blues striker Tony Cascarino have had relative success in. So for the Special One it really would be no problem.

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