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Sevilla's Ramos focussed on Arsenal not Spurs

Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was focused on Arsenal rather than Tottenham on the eve of his side's Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Ramos met with Spurs officials last month and has talked about an 'offer' since, although he has been concentrating more on Sevilla's first Champions League campaign of late.

'I'm just thinking about the game against Arsenal,' he said. 'I don't want to get distracted by rumours and speculation.'

He did, however, discuss his admiration for English football.

'I love this league (the Barclays Premier League),' he added. 'The Spanish league is very good as well and Italy has champions.'

Getting Sevilla into the Champions League has seen Ramos's reputation soar over the last year, and it is where Spurs want to be playing after investing around £40million on players this summer.

Spurs will be playing this week in the UEFA Cup, which Ramos has won in the last two seasons.

'After two years in the UEFA Cup and with good performances, we needed this jump to the Champions League,' said Ramos.

'I think our team is ready to fight for this now - I hope they respond in the right way.

'It's a new competition for us and for me too. We are looking forward to it.'

Ramos hopes his side can dedicate their campaign to Antonio Puerta, the Sevilla defender who recently died, although he expects a tough test against Arsenal.

He added: 'We hope that we are trying to move forward. Our football players know the best way to remember him is to win matches.

'Puerta would have loved to have played in the competition and we'll dedicate it to him.'

Ramos added: 'Arsenal are the favourites in the group, logically. They have more experience in the competition. A result that is not a defeat is good for us. If we get a victory it will be a great result.

'They lost their best player (Thierry Henry) last year but have improved as a team. They are balanced and they are top of the league.'

Frederic Kanoute, the former Spurs striker, will be leading the attack for Sevilla.

'I think we have found the right way to accommodate Kanoute,' Ramos said.

'We have made him play in the right place in the team.

'He was very close to being the top scorer in Europe but couldn't play in the last few matches last season, so couldn't get it.

'He's started well and we are trying to keep him fit and healthy.'