Van Bronkhorst backs Ramsey after Rangers penalty heartache
Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronkhorst defends Aaron Ramsey after Eintracht Frankfurt missed a penalty in a midfielder’s defeat in the Europa League final on Wednesday.
Rangers were beaten 5–4 on penalties in Seville after the game ended 1–1 after normal time.
Ramsey came in for the final three minutes of extra time and van Bronkhorst admitted that he introduced the 31-year-old to his experience dealing with pressure.
But the Welshman’s shot was saved by Kevin Trapp, leaving Rafael Borey the winning shot and securing Frankfurt’s first European trophy in 42 years.
“We prepared the penalty well,” van Bronkhorst said. “We practiced. Some players, they are comfortable taking penalties, and we had some players who wanted to take one and some didn’t. Our list was ready. We had to adjust it because of the sub. “
When asked about Ramsey and the players’ mood, van Bronkhorst said: “It’s very down. You can see it after the game. Losing is never good. Everyone’s hurt, disappointed. You can see it in the changing room.” It’s normal so soon after the game.
Aaron is disappointed but takes the responsibility of taking the penalty. You can make it or you can miss it and unfortunately he didn’t but you want players who are ready and comfortable. ,
Rangers were looking to win their first European title in 50 years and took the lead at the Ramon Sanchez Pizzuan Stadium when Joe Aribo broke through and made a calm home place in the second half.
But Borey equalized shortly after, and advanced to the close post, before maintaining his enthusiasm in a shoot-out to secure a remarkable victory for the German team.
“It’s a big disappointment,” van Bronkhorst said. “If you play the final in Europe and you lose, it will be sad,” he said. You do everything possible to win it and with penalties, it’s a lottery.
“If you play a lot of finals you’ll have a lot of memories when you win,” he said. “When you lose, they will be very sad. I lost a World Cup final, which is the biggest game out there. We have to move on.”