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Tottenham captain Dawson: Ramos wrong about local McDonalds

Tottenham captain Michael Dawson is surprised by Juande Ramos' claims the club's diet was based on fast-food when he first took charge.

Spurs face Ramos' Dnipro in the Europa League tonight.

"It was quite funny really to read that," said the Tottenham centre-back. "When he took over, he changed a lot of things, and diet was certainly one of them. But it was very interesting to see, in the interview he did, that there was a McDonalds round the corner from our training ground in Chigwell.

"Last time I looked, there wasn't. I'm not sure where he saw that! 'He said we were all overweight, and, to be fair, a lot of the lads did shed a good few pounds. But it's what happens on the pitch that's most important, and the simple fact is, we weren't performing at the time he left.

"I had a hard time under him. There's no hiding away from that. But what happened is history to me. We had some top players at the club at the time, while I was a young kid who was perhaps not performing as well as I might. You have to take responsibility for that, as a player, so I've got nothing against him."

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