Pro­fes­sor sheds light on foot­balling doo­dles

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A PSY­CHOL­O­GIST has re­vealed his the­o­ries be­hind a se­ries of doo­dles penned by Manch­ester City play­ers.

Prof Cary Cooper, from Poyn­ton, took on the job of analysing the scrib­bles made dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Abu Dhabi last week. Ser­gio Aguero is thought to have drawn a smok­ing devil-type crea­ture, mid­fielder Fer­nand­inho cre­ated a neat foot­ball pitch, while new goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero dis­played im­pres­sive pen­man­ship with a car­toon of a busi­ness­man walk­ing away from his car.

Prof Cooper, an or­gan­i­sa­tional psy­chol­ogy ex­pert at Lan­caster Uni­ver­sity, said the draw­ings sug­gest Aguero sees Chelsea as the devil, Fer­nand­inho is fo­cused on the game and Ca­ballero is just get­ting on with the job.

He said: “I think Aguero’s mind might be go­ing to the game against Chelsea that’s com­ing up. I think Chelsea may be the devil type char­ac­ter.

“City is the lion, while Chelsea is the devil.

“From the names, maybe he’s also think­ing about Frank Lampard be­cause he helped them last time they had a draw and he was a Chelsea man who now plays for City.

“Also, Yaya Toure won’t be there be­cause he’ll be in the African Cup.”

Prof Cooper said Ca­ballero’s skilled scrib­blings show his will­ing­ness to get on with the job – de­spite de­feat against Ar­se­nal.

He added: “I think this is a per­cep­tion of him­self. He’s say­ing ‘I’m in a job just like any other job – I drive to work, I do my job, it’s just a game’.

“I think it’s pos­i­tive. He’s say­ing I’ve had a bad day at work but it will be bet­ter next time. He’s also a very tal­ented artist.”

Fer­nand­inho is to­tally ab­sorbed with the game in hand. Prof Cooper said: “Ba­si­cally he’s to­tally fo­cussed on foot­ball.

“It does seem like he’s tried to in­cor­po­rate the let­ter­head into the goal­posts, in which case he could be say­ing we are the cur­rent kings and we are go­ing to knock Chelsea off the top.”

All in all he said the doo­dles are pos­i­tive for City. He added: “It’s all very un­con­scious. Two of them are clearly think­ing about the big game. It’s all pos­i­tive in a funny sort of way – but we’ll know on the day.

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