S-H wrote:No he wasn't saying that... he was clearly joking.
but to clarify to the irony-blind people, i don't think players are actually sabotaging themselves, but i'm pretty sure that 7th place is not as big a motivation as safety for the players, and it's not even close.
cardiff came on the field knowing they had
to win, anything else wouldn't really cut it.
we went in there like "yea', be nice to win this game wouldn't it? oh **** they're running!".
and that was it. we could have played three hours and not get a goal.
this is a problem though, plenty of players (and people in general) want to win regardless of the situation, their motivation is to excell every time, as much as they can, even if it isn't strictly necessary in some occasion.
we don't seem to have anyone like that in our ranks, player or manager.