JOSE Mourinho is preparing a metaphor so apt that Manchester City will be unable to defend against it.
The Chelsea boss has locked himself in his office with a copy of I.A. Richard’s The Philosophy of Rhetoric and a copy of the league table.
Man City and Chelsea meet in a top-of-the-table FA Cup clash on Saturday afternoon. While Manuel Pellegrini has been focused on tactical walkthroughs and set pieces, his opposite number has taken a more cerebral approach.
Our source at Stamford Bridge said: Joses working on the ultimate metaphor. When he finds it, Man City will have no answer, and not just because a metaphor doesnt demand one syntactically.
The team havent seen Jose in days except when he occasionally pokes his head out his office door to demand a copy of Homers Odyssey or a Twix.
But you can hear him scribbling notes, mumbling wry witticisms and occasionally laughing at his own whimsy.
It is rumoured that Mourinhos metaphor will liken Manchester City unfavourably to tragic mythological figure Icarus while comparing his own side to either Sir Bruce Forsyth, a guava or the combustion engine.
When coaching FC Porto, Mourinho sent Benfica tearfully running from the pitch with a superbly-crafted derogatory poem, and earlier this season he secured a battling draw at Arsenal with a smoothly executed double entendre.