Ramos loses penalty lottery
Juande Ramos has refused to blame Spurs' lack of prowess from the spot for their Uefa Cup exit.
Last Updated: 12/03/08 11:58pm
Spurs boss Juande Ramos was given an introduction to English penalty shoot-out heartache as his Uefa Cup hat-trick dream ended at PSV Eindhoven.
Both Jermaine Jenas and Pascal Chimbonda missed their penalties to send the Dutch champions through after the tie finished 1-1 on aggregate.
Asked if he knew of the history of English teams losing their nerve in shoot-outs, Ramos said: "I didn't know about it. When it comes to the fifth penalty it's heads or tails. That is how it is with penalties."
Ramos has a reputation of being meticulous but is understood not to practice penalties in training.
"Every player in the Premier League is capable of scoring a penalty but in a situation like this you cannot train the pressure that comes with it," he said.
"Everyone is sad in the dressing room but every player that takes a penalty is courageous, I can only congratulate them."
Ramos changed his formation a number of times as Spurs chased the goal to cancel out PSV's one-goal advantage from the first leg.
Firstly he went with a narrow midfield, meaning Aaron Lennon was on the bench, then he played with three strikers for the start of the second half when he brought on Darren Bent.
"I don't regret not playing with Bent from the start, in the second half we played well, we wanted a goal and got it," Ramos said.
Steed Malbranque wasted the only real chance of the first half, then Bent's arrival put pressure on the hosts.
"He played a good match but I don't think it is his best match since I've been at Spurs," he added.
Malbranque had a volley saved that could have won it, then in the shoot-out Robinson saved early on. Jenas could have won it, then Chimbonda went wide.
"We don't regret anything, we wanted to win the game and we won it, then penalties is like a lottery," Ramos said. "We didn't score the fifth penalty, if we scored that we would have been through."