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Spurs boss Ramos: Top four closed shop

Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos has hailed the Premier League as the finest competition in Europe but sympathises with Kevin Keegan's fears that the top flight is becoming predictable.

Spurs won the Carling Cup four months after appointing Ramos and there are hopes he can lead them to Champions League qualification, although the Spaniard acknowledges how difficult it will be.

"As far as what Keegan said, he's telling the truth to a certain extent because it is always the same teams at the top in the end," Ramos said.

"He is a man who knows a lot about English football and will have his reasons for saying that.

"In Spain you have two teams that are constantly in the top four - Barcelona and Real Madrid - and then the other two places are much more open.

"You get teams such as Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Celta Vigo."

Ramos still feels the Premier League has an edge on the domestic game in Italy and Spain at the moment, adding: "These things go in cycles.

"Right now I think that the Premier League is above all the others and so you are getting more quality players coming to England."

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