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Exclusive interview with Spurs manager Juande Ramos (

5 mrt 2008 - Source:

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Juande Ramos, who steered Sevilla to successive UEFA Cup triumphs, beating Middlesbrough in the final in Eindhoven in 2006 and Espanyol in Glasgow in 2007, joined Tottenham Hotspur from Sevilla on 27 October 2007. The 53-year-old Spanish coach recently led the Spurs to Carling Cup victory and is looking forward to building for more success at White Hart Lane. He answered five questions put to him by PSV Media ahead of his side's UEFA Cup Round of 16 first leg against PSV at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

Mr Ramos, Tottenham take on PSV on Thursday night. What do you know about PSV?
'PSV are a strong team and have several really high-quality players. PSV are on top the Dutch league, so my team will find themselves up against some formidable opposition.'

What do you expect of the games in London and Eindhoven?
'We're expecting a very tough tie over two legs. They are massive games and the return leg is likely to be decisive. That's why we need a result at home, so we will feel confident when we make the trip to Eindhoven next week Wednesday. Thursday's match at White Hart Lane may obviously have a great impact on the return leg in Eindhoven.'
Do you prepare your team differently now that Tottenham play at home first?
'There is no such thing as an easy draw in Europe. We just have to accept we play at home first. But we must prepare well for both games. We plan to put our full, competitive team out. We will give our all to get a result in London, but we know we will have a tough tie in Eindhoven for the full 90 minutes.'

You won the UEFA Cup twice with Sevilla are also successful at Tottenham. What is your secret?
'The secret is actually quite simple: work hard! We had two great seasons at Sevilla, but to tell you the truth: there's no secret, you just have to be willing to work hard. And if you want to be really successful, you'll have to make even greater efforts.'

Sevilla deservedly won the UEFA Cup for the first time in Eindhoven of all places. You must have fond memories at the Philips Stadium.
'That night in Eindhoven was brilliant! We played Middlesbrough in the UEFA Cup final and scored four goals. Huge numbers of Spaniards made their way to Holland and we won the first major European trophy in Sevilla's history, so I am very much looking forward to returning to the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven.'