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Uefa Cup important stresses Ramos

Juande Ramos
Ramos's Tottenham side are yet to win a league game this season

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos believes a successful run in the Uefa Cup is as important as their battle for Premier League survival.

Spurs are yet to win a Premier League game this season and travel to Udinese for their first group game on Thursday.

"Both competitions are important," Ramos said. "The most important is the Uefa Cup because it is our next game."

The Spaniard also revealed that Ledley King can now only play one game a week because of ongoing knee problems.

The continued absence of defender King through injury and fellow defender Vedran Corluka, who is cup-tied, has further added to Ramos's worries.

"The problem with the Uefa Cup is that it is not possible to play Corluka and Ledley King (regularly)," Ramos added.


"We only have Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson as alternatives and we need to think in both competitions.

"Corluka can only play in the Premier League so we have to play him in that competition.

"On Sunday, if it is possible to play Ledley we will, but he needs 10 days to recover.

"We use the players in the best condition. It is impossible to play the same team, it depends on injuries and suspensions."

Spurs have made their worst start to a Premier League season and Ramos says that each game takes on its own significance due to the predicament they find themselves in.

"On Friday, the most important thing is the Premier League."

see also
Udinese v Tottenham
22 Oct 08 |  Europe
Players behind Ramos - Woodgate
20 Oct 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos concerned by Spurs plight
19 Oct 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos confident over King future
18 Apr 08 |  Tottenham
Stoke 2-1 Tottenham
19 Oct 08 |  Premier League
Spurs boss Ramos needs time - Jol
17 Oct 08 |  Tottenham
Bent backs under-pressure Comolli
12 Oct 08 |  Tottenham
Spurs win chase to sign Woodgate
28 Jan 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos keen to take Spurs 'to top'
30 Oct 07 |  Tottenham

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