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Monday, September 17, 2007

Ramos respects Arsenal

By 1970's Gooner

Juande Ramos, the Sevilla coach coveted by North London rivals Spurs to take over from Martin Jol, does not intend to change the team’s playing style for the game at the Emirates against Arsenal on Wednesday.

“We have a style and a way of playing. We are not going to change very much. In Europe all games are hard. The two teams are about equal in strength. We respect them and they respect us”

Speaking at the post match conference after they demolished Recreativo Huelva 4-1 he qualified that statement by saying a lot will depend on whether Arsenal allow them to play their usual game.

Sevilla were very impressive against Recreativo Huelva going 3-0 before the opponents could reply.

They also missed a penalty with the Russian international Kerzhakov, who played against England at Wembley last Wednesday, firing way over the bar.

He eventually added a second and Sevilla’s fourth with an impressive shot from a diagonal position just inside the area.

Freddie Kanute a summer transfer target for a lot of Premiership clubs (some newspapers included Arsenal in that list) got the other two. He will be a danger when the two teams meet.

Included in the squad to travel to London is Brazilian international striker Luis Fabiano who had been out with a foot injury, but Akone who faced Arsenal during last season’s Champion’s League campaign for PSV has been surprisingly left out after making his debut against Recreativo Huelva.

The full squad is: Palop, De Sanctis; Daniel Alves, Hinkel, Fazio, Escude, Boulahrouz, Dragutinovic; Poulsen, Marti, Maresca, Keita, Renato, Navas, Duda, Capel; Luis Fabiano, Kerzhakov and Kanoute.

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