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FORWARD THINKING

Posted on 15 March 2008  - 12:00

With two months worth of league points still to play for before the current campaign draws to its conclusion, Juande Ramos has stressed the need for focus ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City.

With two months worth of league points still to play for before the current campaign draws to its conclusion, Juande Ramos has stressed the need for focus ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester City.

Despite suffering disappointment in midweek when we were eliminated from the UEFA Cup following defeat in a penalty shootout at PSV Eindhoven, our Head Coach insists we must put this to the back of our minds now with a quarter of the league campaign still to go.

“The UEFA Cup is a very difficult competition to win but we are out now so it is all about putting this behind us and simply concentrating on winning our next game,” said Juande.

“I do not talk about pain lasting at all. In football you have to get on with the week ahead of you. We are in a very important and passionate competition, which is the Premier League and our job now is to climb the table between now and the end of the season.

“What I am interested in now first and foremost is how the players respond after the other night because there are still two months of very competition ahead of us. As professionals in this game, whether as coaches or players, you have to fight for every game until the last one at the end of the season.

“We have to continue to try and win every game that we play in. It is a difficult ask but that is what we always set out to do in every match we play.

Ahead of this weekend’s match in Manchester, Juande also offered praise to Sven-Goran Eriksson following the work he has done at Eastlands since taking the helm in the summer.

“You have to say that he is a top manager,” Juande observed. “He did very well with the English national team during his time in charge and you can see from the results that Manchester City have achieved this season that he has done a great job with them as well so far this season.”