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Ramos ready to lift Spurs
02 Oct 2008 - 08:06:41
Juande Ramos is confident he will win over his doubters after turning around Tottenham Hotspur's dismal start to the new season.
The Spanish coach has come under increasing pressure this week after Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth confirmed Spurs' worst start to a season in 53 years.
The north London club are currently bottom of the Premier League table after failing to win any of their opening six games.
But the former Sevilla coach, who won the UEFA Cup twice in succession while with the Spanish club, believes he is the right man to lead the White Hart Lane revival.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's UEFA Cup first round second leg meeting with Wisla Krakow, he said: "In Spain I think the pressure is more because in England I only have to face the media once a week. In Spain it is every day. I am very happy here because of that!
"I know my job and this situation is normal in football. I have been a coach for 20 years and it has always been the same. When you win you are the king and when you lose you are the worst.
"This is my job. I understand the situation, I understand the fans and the media. I am sure that if we win in the next two or three weeks it will be 'Ramos is the best in the world'. This is the nature of football."
Meanwhile, Ramos has admitted that failure to reach the group stages of the UEFA Cup with an aggregate victory over Krakow would be disastrous.
Spurs hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at White Hart Lane two weeks ago.
"It would be a disaster for Tottenham to be knocked out of European competition," he conceded.
"We want to win the UEFA Cup, but football is football."