Barney sets sights on focussing mind

"My worst enemy is myself."

Raymond van Barneveld still retains hopes of winning a sixth world title and believes that he can beat anyone in the game, so long as he can beat himself.

Barney is widely considered one of the greatest players ever to throw a dart, but has struggled with the mental side of the game in recent years. He won his first PDC title in over three years earlier this year, but has endured another miserable campaign in front of the cameras.

However, the Dutchman often saves his best for Alexandra Palace and has only failed to reach the quarter-finals once in five years since switching to the PDC.

“The World Championship means everything to me,” Barney told

“I can handle the pressure. If you look back at the last five or six years I always do well at the worlds.

“My worst enemy is myself. If I don't defeat myself I know I can beat them all.”

One of Barney’s main obstacles in recent years has been learning to cope with the effects of diabetes; an illness that the five-time world champion believes is not fully understood amongst non-sufferers.

“With the diabetes it's still not right. You have to eat properly every one-and-a-half hours.

“People don't understand what diabetics does with you. You can eat properly and then you go on stage and suddenly from nowhere you will have freezing cold hands.

“Food, my body and the fitness and stamina is really important to me. If that is right and I feel comfortable you can achieve anything.”

Barney kicks off his campaign against James Richardson before a potential second round clash with Brendan Dolan. The Dutchman can be backed at odds of 33/1 with Boylesports to regain the title he last won in 2007.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/12/2011 - 11:07 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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