Yeah, keeping IS 90 % mental, and the other half is physical, to paraphrase Yogi Berra.
Reminds me of Lehmann's infamous list during the penaly kicks that freaked the Argie takers out in the 2006 QF's, a great overt psychological intimidater that had the takers flummoxed (Cambiasso, who was not even on the list, was the most freaked out by the mindgame, and rumour has it Maradona left him off the list this year because of this). If I want to p#ss an Argie off, I just mention the
"machete"(cheatsheet) of 2006, and they start to get all righteous about fairplay and sportsmanship (as if the Argie success has not all been about cheating!)
from 2006 article:
Jens Lehmann is to auction a crumpled note on the penalty habits of Argentina's players that he stuffed in his sock at the World Cup. The Germany goalkeeper, who saved two Argentina spot-kicks during their quarter-final shoot-out, said the note had been hard to read because it was written in pencil and damp with sweat.
Studying the paper between each kick may have unnerved the Argentinians, however, and helped Germany through to the semi-finals where they lost to Italy. Lehmann told German television the note, which has also appeared in a documentary about the World Cup, would be auctioned for charity.
In translation it reads: 1. Riquelme left high; 2. Crespo long run/right, short run/left; 3. Heinze left low; 4. Ayala long wait, long run right; 5. Messi left; 6. Aimar long wait left; 7. Rodriguez left.