What exactly do you say to your players when they’re 3-1 down at the break, behind to a team in the lower leagues or on the cusp of a hammering from a top-flight giant? Perhaps you should consult Arsene Wenger along with Rafa Benitez. Perhaps give Paulo Di Canio a toot for good measure. All three have carried off the fine art that is motivational 15 minute team talk in the Capital One Cup this season. Stirring the dormant fire in the collective bellies of their team and spurring them to turnaround a game that looked far beyond them when the referee blew his whistle to signal half time. It can’t be easy to pick up 11 men sucker punched by a morale sapping 45 minutes. But this years competition has seen five managers (including the three above) go well beyond the usual conventions and address their downtrodden troops with an inspirational, heartfelt address that ultimately proved to be the common denominator in their successful comeback.
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