CONTE AND POCHETINNO’S MIND GAMES UTTERLY NEEDLESS

Chelsea finally clinched the EPL title for the second time in the last three seasons courtesy of a one-nil will over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday night.


Tottenham’s loss to West Ham last week gave The Blues the chance to celebrate earlier than expected given the former’s recent run of form that saw them win 9 straight EPL matches before their trip to West London.

The two clubs have by far risen above the collective mediocrity of last season put on by supposed title challengers which helped carve Leicester’s path to thesilverware just after fighting to avoid relegation the previous season.

The run in to the final matches of this season have seen the pressure to clinch the trophy turn on the managers. The closest of which saw Conte opining that spurs have more “advantage” to win the title given that the side is filled with youth and chemistry as a result of Pochettino’s three year stay so far at the club.

The Argentine wasted no time in reminding Conte that going by year count then Wenger ought to be winning the league every season since the French man has spent over two decades at North London

The EPL is filled with dialogues as this especially between title challenging managers. Something Kevin Keegan called “mind games” in his now infamous “we’ll love it” rant.

So, maybe what is actually going on here is the classic case of filling in a void, the one starved of Alex Ferguson’s pierce opinions, Mourinho’s dark arts or even Wenger’s whining. These managers popularized these games by virtue of their being in the title race every season

Or maybe not. Still, given how both single handedly made this season worth it, and how they made respectable individual success,this curtain-closing jibe at each other remains unnecessary.They ought to enjoy their respective progress in peace.