PHIL TAYLOR has warned that he won’t be “bullied” by Michael van Gerwen as they get ready for a red-hot clash in Rotterdam.
The Power and MVG go into their final Premier League head-to-head tomorrow night (Thursday) locked on 24 points.
But Taylor, master of the mind games, has issued a warning to van Gerwen ahead of their rumble in Rotterdam.
He said: “This is a massive match against Michael, absolutely massive. It’s going to be like Chelsea versus Tottenham.
“I know I’m on his home patch and I’m only 5ft 7 but I won’t be bullied by people and I won’t be bullied by Michael on the oche. We’re in for a scrap, believe me.
“He’s got to prove himself in Rotterdam, he’s got all the eyes on him and he has to produce the goods.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how he deals with playing in front of his home fans in Rotterdam.
“What Michael does and his timing is just phenomenal. People compare us but I think it’s impossible because do you decide on trophies or averages?
“All I know is that he’s one hell of a player. He’s brilliant and I can’t knock him.”
Taylor could face MVG twice in a fortnight – and in the Premier League final – if they both win their semis at the O2.
He added: “For me the most important thing was qualifying for the O2, then it was about winning the £25,000 bonus for topping the league.
“Barry Hearn has created a bit of a monster here because all of the players are beginning to fall out with each other. Every match is massive incentive now and so much money riding on it.
“The money isn’t the most important thing but it adds an edge to every match now.”