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Ramos sets sights on more success

Juande Ramos celebrates after Spurs' Carling Cup victory
Ramos, 53, won the Uefa Cup twice and the Copa del Rey with Sevilla

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos hopes to lead the club to more success after beating Chelsea to win the Carling Cup.

The club's 2-1 triumph at Wembley on Sunday was their first major trophy since winning the League Cup in 1999.

"It's been a unique experience and one I hope to repeat," said Spaniard Ramos, who joined from Sevilla in October.

Jonathan Woodgate hailed the influence of Ramos, saying: "He's a brilliant manager. He's won trophies in Spain and now he has won a trophy for Tottenham."

This one maybe has a special flavour to it because it was against a team that is supposedly superior to us

Juande Ramos

Ramos, who won the Uefa Cup twice with Sevilla as well as the Uefa Super Cup and Copa del Rey, has turned around Tottenham's form and fortunes since replacing Dutchman Martin Jol.

"Obviously it is tremendously satisfying to get a trophy," he said. "For the fans and the club, it has been a long time, and, for a club as big as Tottenham, it seems longer."

Ramos, 53, added: "This one maybe has a special flavour to it because it was against a team that is supposedly superior to us in Chelsea.

"It was similar to Sevilla beating Real Madrid and Barcelona - it makes the whole thing taste better.

"The team has been improving little by little in terms of security and the confidence they feel. This will have reaffirmed that.

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"They showed that they have improved in their games against Manchester United and Arsenal - and Chelsea are another of these teams.

"They have shown they are able to concentrate and fight with the best of them."

Woodgate, who signed for the north London side from Middlesbrough last month and was playing only his fourth game for the club, popped up with the headed winner four minutes into the first half of extra-time.

"It's a great feeling to win our first trophy as a team - we've got a great team spirit and work ethic," said the 28-year-old defender.

"Scoring that goal gave me one of the best feelings ever."

I hope this is the start of something big

Spurs coach Gus Poyet

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who pulled off a fantastic save with his feet to deny Salomon Kalou in extra-time, said he was delighted to have picked up a winners' medal for the first time in his career.

"It means everything," said the Spurs shot-stopper.

"I've not won anything in the game so to land this trophy after beating such tough opponents is great."

He added: "The Kalou shot was a bit of a blur - I just wanted to keep it out."

Spurs first-team coach Gus Poyet said he hoped the new-found belief in the side would lead them to greater success.

"We needed to be better than Chelsea and I think we played better and believed a little bit more," said the former Blues and Tottenham midfielder.

"This team is unbelievable. I hope this is the start of something big."


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