Why tho...have the players such as stevie and co,revolted against Rafa becuz he sold Xabi?
I don't know why. A multitude of reasons.
They are probably to some degree sulking because of the realisation that they left it behind last season.
Because they know that the club is financially hamstrung to a ridiculous degree by its owners and is as bad a position as is rumoured frequently around here. (As Pepe said at the start of the season.)
Because after six years maybe some of them are tired of Rafa's tactical rather than emotional management.
Some players like Carra are clearly struggling to come to grips with their own decline.
Glen Johnson just lost confidence because the team did and everyone in the press tells him he can't defend.
Insua's (a decent, but at this stage no more than decent youngster) had to cover for the crock and the clown at left-back all season.
Aquilani was injured more than we suspected - and Rafa publicly stating that he doesn't trust him defensively.
Maxi Rodriguez looks every bit the 1.1m pound player we bought.
Dirk's Dirk - we accept that, but not the fact that he's unmoveable, regardless of form.
Torres, Riera injured constantly and probably knackered from constant football as well as worrying about the World Cup, along with a whole host of players like Agger and Skrtel who probably realise they won't have many chances to play in one for their national teams.
Mascherano's head turned by Barca and his missus and probably concerned by Argentina's humungous shitness in qualifying.
Thats just a list of idle speculation about what can take players minds off the job at hand. But they've been fucking atrocious this year and Rafa hasn't fixed that, which is his job.
I know we have all defended Rafa methods numerous times over the years on things like rotation and zonal marking but look at this year. Finally Ryan Babel plays two decent games in a row and gets dropped. Zonal marking is clearly a good system, but only if anyone bothers to mark at all in the box. (Not to mention our own set pieces.) Like he's made his own bed with whats happened on the pitch.
My worry is that while the summer may see the owners forced out at some stage, its not going to be easy for anyone to manage a football team in that scenario.