Eric Bristow Slates Old Rival Phil Taylor

Eric Bristow Slates Old Rival Phil Taylor
18th December 2015 admin

Darts legend Eric Bristow has laid into his old rival at the oche Phil Taylor, saying the multiple record holding world title winner is ‰Û÷brain-dead‰Ûª.

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The former world champion said, speaking exclusively to 888sport.com: ‰ÛÏPhil Taylor has always had a weakness with his counting because he‰Ûªs brain-dead. He keeps leaving 162s and 163s which didn‰Ûªt matter ten years ago because he was that much better than everybody else. He‰Ûªd just leave a double and get it. But he‰Ûªs always done that. He‰Ûªs never been the best counter in the world.‰Û

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The man they call ‰Û÷The Crafty Cockney‰Ûª admitted there‰Ûªs no real animosity, but the two aren‰Ûªt friends and he has an interesting explanation as to why that might be‰Û_

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He added: ‰ÛÏWe just say hello and that‰Ûªs it. There‰Ûªs no animosity between us. He‰Ûªs got his own friends and I‰Ûªve got my own friends. I only see him at the tournaments and you don‰Ûªt get much of a chance because when they come in they‰Ûªve got a job to do.

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‰ÛÏHe‰Ûªs not a smoker see. If he was we‰Ûªd talk a lot more. All the guys I talk to are the smokers and I‰Ûªm always outside with Gary Anderson and Wade and we get on great.

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‰ÛÏI don‰Ûªt think it was much of the falling out. I just said what I felt, that‰Ûªs all, and he took it the wrong way. We always fell out anyway so there‰Ûªs no big deal. He lives his own life.‰Û

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The PDC World Championships got underway this week, and Taylor will be looking to avenge his final defeat to Gary Anderson last year by making it a 15th world title at Alexandra Palace.

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But Bristow won‰Ûªt be backing the man from Stoke, and instead thinks young Dutch superstar Michael van Gerwen will be taking the glory, and adding to the title he won in 2014.

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He said: ‰ÛÏThey are all going to play well but the top man at the moment is Michael Van Gerwin. He‰Ûªs going to take some beating over the next eight to ten years this young lad if he keeps the hunger going. He‰Ûªs like me really in that he‰Ûªs played the game since he was 10 or 11 and he loves the game.

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‰ÛÏIf he wants to keep winning then there‰Ûªs no reason why not. He‰Ûªs got the hunger, doesn‰Ûªt bottle it, and does the right things at the right time. If he needs to break a leg he does it because he‰Ûªs got big balls.‰Û

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Read the full and frank interview ‰ÛÒ including Bristow‰Ûªs thoughts on Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson ‰ÛÒ here.åÊ