Arsenal were roundly trounced 5-1 yesterday by a Tottenham side that has finally broken clear of their inability to beat their local rivals. Tottenham boss Juande Ramos was understandably chuffed, telling the Guardian:
“There have been big changes, but without the collaboration of the footballers themselves, this would have been impossible. The huge effort the players have made to come out of a bad situation means we have been improving. They are the architects of this change.
“There is great satisfaction in beating a club like Arsenal, first because they are such great rivals, and then because we hadn’t beaten them for so long. Add to that the scoreline… it’s all the more satisfying. It was the most complete game my side has played since I came here. We didn’t make mistakes and were perfect in all areas of the team. The effort that the players have put in to reach this final means so much.”
Jermaine Jenas was also cock-a-hoop, paying tribute to the hard work his teammates have put in for this game – Jenas said:
“We deserve it, all the double sessions and the running that we’ve done in the last few weeks – now we’ve gone and won it. A result like that is job done. A lot of people have talked about us setting the record straight after what happened at the same stage last season and I’d like to think we’ve done that. We worked our socks off, deserved it and it’s a great night. This is amazing.”
So Spurs now face either Everton or Chelsea in the Carling Cup final, think they can win it?