Gilberto's feet have got no rhythm, admits disappointed Spurs boss
Spurs manager Juande Ramos has refused to lay the blame for last night's home Uefa Cup defeat at the feet of new signing Gilberto. But Tottenham fans were certainly left wondering why the Brazilian, signed from Hertha Berlin for just under £2 million in J
Spurs manager Juande Ramos has refused to lay the blame for last night's home Uefa Cup defeat at the feet of new signing Gilberto.
But Tottenham fans were certainly left wondering why the Brazilian, signed from Hertha Berlin for just under £2 million in January, made his debut in such an important fixture.
Gilberto had a classic nightmare debut, making the mistake which allowed the outstanding Jefferson Farfan to score a first-half winner for the Dutch side, then being booked and finally being substituted at half time.
But manager Ramos said the substitution was not because of Gilberto's mistake, but because he had been out injured and hadn't found his rhythm. 'Every player makes mistakes. He needs to play more, that's why I took him off,' said Ramos after one of the most disappointing days of his Spurs management.
The home defeat was a personal blow for Ramos who is bidding to become the first manager ever to win the Uefa Cup in three successive seasons. He won it with Sevilla in 2006 and 2007.
He conceded that PSV were the better side but assistant Gus Poyet promised it would be different in the second leg.
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'We are good enough to go there and win by two goals,' he said.
Tottenham may be without Jermaine Jenas for a spell after the midfielder twisted an ankle, face an uphill task if they are to reach the quarter-finals.