Now Wembley hero Woodgate has his sights on Uefa Cup glory
Carling Cup hero Jonathan Woodgate believes that Tottenham can now end the season with a second trophy – the Uefa Cup. The central defender scored the winner in Sunday s 2-1 Carling Cup success over Chelsea at Wembley and feels that Spurs can also triumph
Carling Cup hero Jonathan Woodgate believes that Tottenham can now end the season with a second trophy - the Uefa Cup.
The central defender scored the winner in Sunday's 2-1 Carling Cup success over Chelsea at Wembley and feels that Spurs can also triumph in Europe. Next week the Lilyewhites play PSV Eindhoven over two legs for a place in the last eight.
"It's possible to win the Uefa Cup - we've got all the attributes," Woodgate told Ham&High Sport. "I'd like to think so and that's why I joined the club, to win things. Especially with the players and the manager we've got.
"We are a good team and you saw that on Sunday. If we produce on the day, we can beat most teams but we need to be more consistent.
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"Hopefully, the Carling will be the first of many cups. We've now had a taste of success, and when you get a taste it spurs you on a bit more. But there are some great sides left in the Uefa Cup, like Bayern Munich, Villareal and PSV. But, as I said, we are a good side as well and I think teams will be wanting us out of the draw."
Woodgate's form for Tottenham since his £7.5million move from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window has been impressive - never more so than on Sunday. Not only did he score the winner but he was voted man of the match.
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"I could not believe it when the ball went into the back of the net," said Woodgate. JJ [Jermaine Jenas] put in a great ball and I just attacked it. Maybe there was a bit of luck involved but we deserved a bit of luck.
"Everyone dreams about scoring at Wembley when you are a young player in the playground and I'm no different. I must have run about 100metres after I had scored. It was great to do it with all my family there, a great feeling."
Woodgate was delighted to play alongside skipper Ledley King in defence on Sunday but feels Spurs have strength in depth in that position. "If you have good players they can play alongside each other," he explained. "They know the job. I'm sure whoever plays at the back for Tottenham will do a good job as well."
Woodgate also believes Tottenham have the best strike partnership in the country in Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov, who scored the opener on Sunday.
"They are both match winners and no pair score more goals then them," he said. "Any defence that comes up against them is going to have their hands full. They just click and it's because they are both top players.
"Robbie can play with anyone, he can adopt his game, and Berba is the same. The two of them have terrific movement and can score goals - I think they have scored more than 40 goals together."
Woodgate has remained close friends with the Dublin-born Keane since they played together at Leeds from 2000 to 2002.
"Robbie is a cheeky character and is great for team spirit," Woodgate said. "He was constantly texting me about coming here. He was pestering me all the time and it was good to know I was wanted."
Woodgate has had no trouble settling in on the field and puts that down to the number of English players at the Lane and the management style of Ramos.
"I'm 28 years old now and I get on with most of the lads," he said. "There's a nucleus of English players here as well.
"I didn't play against a Ramos team in Spain but they had a reputation though as an attacking team.
"Juande did a tremendous job at Sevilla - doing the double in the Uefa Cup and qualifying for the Champions League. He speaks quite good English but if he speaks in Spanish I can understand it."