They looked like a hopeless team who got off a shaky start early in the season under Martin Jol in the beginning of the season. However, they have now transformed into a great team and produced some giant-killing feats in the Carling Cup, which includes 2-0 away win at Man City. 5-1 demolishing of Arsenal and finally, the dramatic 2-1 victory against Chelsea in the final. Let us take a look at few reasons that bring to their success:
- The man behind their success- Manager Juande Ramos. Since the arrival of Juande Ramos the improvement has been dramatic, and was capped on Sunday by Wembley glory in the Carling Cup final when they came from behind to beat holders Chelsea. Known as a cup specialist, he has transformed his team into a new look team since taking over at the club thanks to a tireless attitude towards chopping, changing, encouraging and haranguing.
- Keane + Berbatov = best partnership in the league?-These 2 strikers had produced some impressive performance this season. Not only the number of goals they have scored, but number of times they combined well and helped each other to score. We have seen many times- Keane to Berba, Berba to Keane..... With these 2 deadly striker playing together, there never seem to face any problem in scoring.
- Arrival of Jonathan Woodgate- A great deal.He has kept their defence very solid against Chelsea and suprisingly, scored a vital winning goal that made the difference.
- Full of creativity and pace in midfield. With players like Lenon , Jenas , Malbranque and Zokora, they are capable of creating loads of chances even against great oppositions.