Claudio Ranieri is known as a manager skilled at building winning football teams but his most recent comments regarding his competition also reminds people that he is possibly a master psychologist. Claudio Ranieri is currently the manager of Monaco and he has his squad in second place behind Paris St. Germain. He stated in an interview that he believes that Paris St. Germain has the ability to win both the Champions League and the French Ligue 1 in 2013-14 and that his club is focused on just qualifying for the Champions League and possibly being ready to win the Ligue 1 if Paris St. Germain lose a game that they should not.
Football managers know that one way to plant the seeds of overconfidence in an opponent is by complimenting them and acknowledging that they may be better players than their opponents. Monaco signed several high-profile players this past summer and as of the December 2013 break they had only lost one match this season. It is very likely that he is hoping that the players of Paris St. Germain read his comments so that when his Monaco team plays them they underestimate their opponents.
Claudio Ranieri is no novice when it comes to dealing with the egos of footballers. This man has managed some of the highest profile clubs in the world and he understands how his words can impact the preparation of young and old players. While he is complimenting the opposition one can be guaranteed that he is telling his players that they have the ability to beat Paris St. Germain.
Do not be surprised if Monaco happens to beat Paris St. Germain in a league game in 2014 and the team wins the Ligue 1 championship. Paris St. Germain has some of the best footballers in the world but the game of football is both a physical and mental game and it seems as if Claudio Ranieri is attempting to “fatten up his opposition” with compliments so that they underestimate his Monaco team. Always be wary when your opposition pays you compliments during the season of competition.