Veni, vidi, vinci sums up Juande Ramos' career in the English Premier League. The Spanish coach has only been in England for four months after leaving Sevilla FC for Tottenham Hotspur and the change at the club has been drastic.
Juande picked Spurs up when they were flirting with the relegation zone and now they're eleventh on the table and are enjoying the sweet hangover of winning their fourth Carling Cup title last Sunday. Ramos talks to ESPNsoccernet about his new success, his plans and his new life at White Hart Lane.
Four months in the Premier League and you have won the Carling Cup. Did you expect such a change at the club?
Well, when I landed at the club I never thought about how much time would go by before success arrived but it was essential to urgently change the dynamics of the team because we were immersed in a run of bad results and we have done just that. We have changed the team's results in the Premier League and in both cup competitions and the achievement has been brilliant.
When you arrived, which were the main points you thought that needed changing?
Especially the negative inertia the club was in. We were in a very negative situation and that just took us to obvious defeats. So it was fundamental to change the dynamics and the players' mentality because otherwise, it would have been impossible to move forward.
What made you decide to leave the Spanish league and join the English one, a league I think you have always been attracted to?
Yes, that's right. What made me decide was the chance to be able to work in England as its football has always fascinated me and I have always liked so much. An offer from a club such as Tottenham, a historic club in the British Isles, is what definitely made me accept the offer because I didn't know if another one would come along.
Personally, what's the toughest aspect within your adaptation: the language, the change, the city,...?
I knew what I was getting into and it's true that maybe what I have found the toughest is the change of climate. It's much colder here than in Sevilla!
And what have you liked the most about London?
London is an amazing city, wonderful, and I'm very happy to live here. There are so many good things about it and the truth is that the experience is being great.
The truth is that it was a wise decision to appoint Gustavo Poyet as your assistant because of the language and his knowledge of the club...
Yes, I think that, as well as Marcos [Álvarez] who I joined Spurs with, all the coaching staff and our work is compact. The truth is that Marcos and I have been the ones who have pushed, along with everyone else, to make this move forward.
And what about this famous nutritional plan?
No, no. That's been given greater importance than it deserves and I think the work has been done by the players.
How would you describe the Premier League and, with the Carling Cup in your pockets, which is the next objective?
The Premier League is one of the most important ones in Europe and the world. It's a great competition where all the matches are spectacular and the stadiums are full. The team's progression at the moment is in full development. There's a lot of league ahead of us and then there's the UEFA Cup so we have to carry on working and, although our first objective was to make it to the Carling final and we have done that, we have to try to get as far as we can.
Do you feel an aura of success is following you in a way after what you achieved with Sevilla?
Well, it's great to carry on winning titles. It's not that I want to improve all we accomplished with Sevilla but it's very satisfying. We have to carry on this way, carry on working because it's that hard work which has got us this far, but I don't want to think ahead of that.
With your success and Rafa Benítez's, Spanish coaches are even more in fashion...
I think this is all good for Spanish coaches because the two that have gone abroad have achieved good things and I think that's beneficial for the people who will follow our steps.
Do you follow the Spanish league from there?
I follow it as I do any other league. I'm a football professional and I'm interested in everything concerning other leagues so I do follow the Spanish one as I do others.
What do you think of Manolo Jiménez's Sevilla?
I don't follow them especially so as I don't watch them I couldn't say what I think. Because then I could be making a mistake.
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