Ramos recalls Sevilla's UEFA Cup defence

"Most of their players had never played a European final before," recalled Juande Ramos, citing Sevilla FC's composure as crucial to their 2007 UEFA Cup win against RCD Espanyol.

Ramos recalls Sevilla's UEFA Cup defence
Ramos recalls Sevilla's UEFA Cup defence ©UEFA.com

Having beaten Middlesbrough FC comfortably to win the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, Sevilla FC followed in Real Madrid CF's footsteps to become only the second side to retain the trophy, beating RCD Espanyol on penalties following a 2-2 draw in Glasgow.

The manner of their victory was less serene than their first, with Espanyol twice striking back in a match that ended 2-2 after extra time. Sevilla goalkeeper Andrés Palop then stole the show in the penalty shoot-out, which his side won 3-1. "Obviously a penalty shoot-out means that both clubs can win," recalls coach Juande Ramos. "But I remember that Palop was quite confident, and our penalty takers were quite confident too and very calm."

Now coach at FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Ramos felt that winning the 2006 final 4-0 in Eindhoven helped give his side that composure. "Matches like that give you a lot of experience, and we were up against Espanyol, where most of their players had never played a European cup final before, which made their players a bit anxious on the pitch," he told UEFA.com. "Sevilla handled that well and Sevilla won deservedly, because they were superior to Espanyol even though the 90 minutes ended in a draw."

Click the video above to hear more from Ramos about that historic night in Glasgow.