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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Juande Ramos Not Resting Any Player for the UEFA Cup Tie with Slavia Prague

Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos said that he had no plan to rest some of his key players for the UEFA Cup last 32 second leg match against Slavia Prague on tomorrow night with considering the Carling Cup final of next weekend. Actually, Tottenham Hotspur is going to play in a final of competitive tournament in nine years. So, it was expected that he would rest some of his players thinking off the final match of Carling Cup. Their 2-1 lead of the first leg match has made the situation easier for Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the second leg home match. Even a draw will see them go into the next round. So, there was every possibility of giving rest to some of the key players for the Carling Cup final.

Juande Ramos, however, denied having any such plan ahead of the match. In fact, their opponent of the Carling Cup final, Chelsea, rested a few players for their Champions league last 16 match against Olympiakos thinking of the Carling Cup final. However, Ramos expressed that he gave more priority to UEFA Cup match.

Guardian reported:

"The Uefa Cup, as a competition, is a priority and we have to try to beat Slavia," he said. "After that, we have three days to prepare for the final and we'll select the players depending upon how tired they are. Obviously Sunday will be a very beautiful and passionate game for the club and the fans, as it's been such a long time since we were in a final, but a European final would always be more important than a final in a domestic cup competition."

However, Veteran Ledley King might not feature in the UEFA Cup match as it will be risky for his knee to feature him in two important matches within such a short time. So, it expected that he will be given rest to ensure his participation in the Cup final. Ramos is yet to confirm his starting line up goal keeper for UEFA Cup match. He said that both Paul Robinson and Radek Cerny have equal chance to be drafted in the match. The final line up will be released just few hours before the start of the match.

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