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JUANDE AFTER BIG FINISH

Posted on 21 March 2008  - 12:00

Juande Ramos is determined to finish the season in style - starting against Pompey at the Lane on Saturday.

Juande Ramos is determined to finish the season in style - starting against Pompey at the Lane on Saturday.

Head Coach Juande accepts that the pressure is off the lads with us currently sitting in 11th in the Barclays Premier League.

However, that doesn't dampen his desire to go out and try to win every game with catching West Ham to break into the league's top 10 the immediate target with eight games remaining.

Asked his mission for the rest of the season at his pre-Pompey media briefing on Thursday, Juande insisted: "Fundamentally to win as many games as possible and for the players to give their best, bearing in mind that they are not under pressure.

"This is a game where the two teams are in the middle part of the table. Neither team has any great objective at this stage of the season, so it means that we should see some good football for the fans.

"Portsmouth are having a magnificent season and they are playing well away but every match is different. We are hoping for a good spectacle. There is no pressure on the result. So we hope for a good game."

It was pointed out to Juande that the next goal at the Lane will be the 100th at the stadium this season - Wednesday's 4-4 draw against Chelsea taking the tally to 99.

"For me, it's great that a very special game was played at White Hart Lane with a lot of goals," he reflected. "Of course I always want more goals for the home side than the away side but it's obviously a very attractive and passionate experience for the fans."

So would he rather be winners or entertainers? "The two can go hand in hand. It's possible to win by playing well and I think if you play well you are more likely to win."