Featured Matches
Previous
Brazil
Germany
1
7
ESPN, ESPN3 FT
Match 61
Game Details
Netherlands
Argentina
(2) 0
(4) 0
ESPN, ESPN3 FT-Pens
Match 62
Game Details
Netherlands
Argentina
(2) 0
(4) 0
ESPN, ESPN3 FT-Pens
Match 62
Game Details
Chicago Red Stars
Portland Thorns FC
1
1
FT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan, 9, 2008

Robinson axed for Cup semi-final

Paul Robinson was on the bench for Tottenham Hotspur for the Carling Cup clash against Arsenal, raising more uncertainty over where the England goalkeeper stands in the plans of head coach Juande Ramos.

Robinson has been guilty of high-profile errors this season and Ramos has responded by putting him on the bench, and picking Radek Cerny, for Spurs' biggest game of the season so far.

Although the 28-year-old regards the air-kick against Croatia last season as a freak, he has endured a miserable campaign this term.

He was at fault for Kevin Kuranyi's strike for Germany at Wembley then made further errors against Aston Villa for Spurs, prompting him to travel for a European trip to Anorthosis Famagusta rather than rest as planned.

The former Leeds stopper had shown signs of returning to form but in recent games against Reading has been blamed for goals - the latest one on Saturday when he backtracked into his own goal after collecting a straightforward Stephen Hunt free-kick.

Ramos has not been afraid to leave players out of his squad, although the first leg of the semi-final clash was seen as a huge fixture.

The Spaniard is expected to make some changes to his squad in this transfer window, although he has always backed Robinson publicly since taking over from Martin Jol in October.

Robinson has not been helped by playing behind a defence short on confidence - and Spurs have been linked with Espanyol's Daniel Jarque.

Spurs, though, have ended their interest Rangers full-back Alan Hutton, while Ajax defender Urby Emanuelson is set to stay in Holland. In attack, Jermain Defoe has been told he can go.

Spurs and Manchester City look set to face competition from Real Madrid if they pursue Toulouse forward Johan Elmander.

A spokesperson for Toulouse claims there is interest for the 26-year-old Sweden international, who helped the French side qualify for a Champions League qualifier this season.

'Besides Real Madrid, Premier League clubs Manchester City and Tottenham have already expressed interest,' a Toulouse spokesperson told Swedish newspaper Expressen.

So far Ramos' changes has been mainly behind the scenes, with an emphasis on fitness and changing the diets of players.

'We saw in the first week that the meals were not right,' said fitness coach Marcos Alvarez in the London Evening Standard. 'It was mostly English food and it wasn't healthy. We needed to change the diet because food is very important, it is the fuel for the players.

'To eat healthy means there is no fried food, fatty food, no sauce on the dishes. Spanish people can eat the same kind of food, too, but if you a sportsman you have to take care of yourself better.

'Now there are salads and fruit, while fish and meat is grilled rather than fried.'

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.