I was wondering if telling your players you can win this ever worked for you guys. For me in the games I tell them that I end up losing or drawing at most with also conceeding goals really early in the match.
I use that saometimes under the guidelines to use it when I am playing a more or less equal team based on odds. But it never seems to work good. In fact for the fans seems to always be the better pre-match talk
It seems to work OK for me. My latest save with a Serie C Italian side who aren't at all good has seen me unbeaten through the pre-season and the cup and the first 2 games of the league season. I've used it if the match is likely to be fairly close.
It worked like a charm for me in 08, but I no longer use it in 09. I have much more success with 'Expect to win the match' at the start, and if I'm losing at half-time, 'Perform much better'/'We need a result here, no excuses!'.
I tend to avoid this until I'm a mid-table side playing a bigger team.
Gives the lads a bit of extra belief. Either that or they pee their pants at my audacity of trying to make them think they know how to play football.