Mind games and Rafa Benitez go hand in hand thanks to the Spaniard's infamous relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson and one particular press conference.
In response to some of the things he felt had unfairly gone Ferguson's way in English football, Benitez insisted he wouldn't play a part in his foe's mind games—completely falling victim to those very mind games in the process.
Benitez later said of the press conference:
It will not have an effect on me. If he talks too much and too quickly, I will not understand him. We have our points and we're top of the table and we know there will be a tough race to the end. We are still in a fantastic position.
I don't regret what I said and I don't think it had an effect on the players today. I can guarantee you that a lot of people have sent messages to my staff saying that at least someone has said what everyone wanted to say. Maybe [the reaction] is because in 20 years nobody could say these things. Maybe a lot of people were thinking these things, but they could not say it.
That January 2009 presser goes down in history for the long list of reasons Benitez reads out from his appendix of insults.
The words "hook, line and sinker" spring to mind. Fact.