Three Half Time Talks That Changed Games

Tottenham Hotspur 3–5 Manchester United (White Hart Lane, 2001)

“Right, I’ll tell you what we’re going to do. We’re going to score the first goal in this second half and see where it takes us. We get at them right away, and we get the first goal. Okay, you’d better go out there and win the game.”

Celebrations at White Hart Lane

Liverpool 3–3 AC Milan (Champions League, 2005)

“I said to Pako Ayestaran, my assistant, ‘I will give the half-time team talk and we will talk about three at the back to have an extra player in the middle. You go and do the warm-up with Hamann (a player he brought in at half time)’.

“The message we gave to the players was about confidence — try to score early, get back in the game. That was the main thing.

“In other circumstances or with smaller teams, perhaps you might be looking at damage limitation because you don’t want to concede four or five goals but this was a final.

“You have to go for it. And then, depending on what happens in the first few minutes, you make decisions. Again, we did it.”

Florida Gators 24–14 Oklahoma Sooners (BCS National Championship 2009)

Hey Let’s go! Get in here! Get in here right now! Hey, we got 30 minutes for the rest of our lives! 30 minutes for the rest of our lives! That’s our bet on first down, it ain’t happening! We get the ball, I promise you one thing, we’re going to hit somebody and take it down the field for a touchdown, I guarantee you that. Look at me! Look at me! We got 30 minutes for the rest of our lives, let’s go!

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