Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of struggling Birmingham City in the English Premier League at the weekend was a firm indication that the Spurs lads had let the Carling Cup triumph over Chelsea barge into their head.
And they might as well have barged those thoughts out after Spurs manager Juande Ramos struck the players with his volley of words immediately after the Birmingham defeat. Spurs striker Robbie Keane says:
We had a meeting to say the Carling Cup was gone, we have to focus on the league and the UEFA Cup now. He said: ‘You’re all playing for your future, for next season’. That keeps us all on our toes and the lads know where they stand.
It’s okay winning the Carling Cup, but we need to push on now. We have still got a lot to play for this season. Saturday was disappointing.
First and foremost you have to look after yourself as a team. We have some important games coming up. But we had players coming in who were quite capable of winning that game — it was disappointing to see.
So Ramos comes down hard on his players, eh! Not that anyone can complain of that since Spurs were truly and pathetically crap against Birmingham on Saturday.