Just came to this thread to find the two latest posts are in a similar vein to my thinking. I realise that Obi Wan says he finds it hard to get motivated. OK I understand that, he does say he doesn't get motivated only it is hard. The fact though motivation does come into play for these guys. All they do is play games so to them they do stratify the competitions. It comes down to that each individual wants to start every game, that being the case they will naturally prioritise them to the horror of the paying fans. This is why we have a team manager. They have to motivate every individual they intend to use in any given match. You like to think every player would naturally play every game the same, after all they will get most of their wages whether it is Accrington Stanley or AC Milan. Now I act and have done long stage runs. You know a Tuesday afternoon is so much harder to give every emotion than say when the TV are in recording or your mates are in watching. We have someone called a director, who after the rehearsals tends to disappear, but who shows up time to time during a run in secret and then gives everyone a rocket who they feel is under performing, sackings may even follow, so that's our motivation. With players though they hold a lot of power over the manager with their intrinsic value to the club and often personal links to the owner. BTW nice Pic of DferChelseaChitChatter Michael Bockman on his FB page with Roman in NY, Roman is even smiling! but I digress..... The motivation problem does exist, and it's good really that at least one player recognises it, cos it will be there whether it is admitted to or not. Now it's up to Rafa to cope with it.