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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 16, 2008

Ramos forced to go back to drawing board

Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos was back on the training ground getting to know his squad better the day after the club's worst start to a Premier League season was confirmed.

The Spaniard is known to be opposed to the transfer window being open for the first two weeks of the season and he feels a lack of time with his players has effectively denied Spurs a pre-season.

Dimitar Berbatov did not start a game this season before his deadline-day move to Manchester United and his replacement, Roman Pavlyuchenko, hardly had time to train with his new team-mates before he was given his debut in the defeat to Aston Villa last night.

It was the same for Vedran Corluka, who struggled against Villa and was targeted by Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young on Tottenham's right flank.

"We are behind in our preparations,'' Ramos admitted. "We need to keep the spirit going and then climb as high up the table as possible.

"We've been working for a very short time and with a lot players from different countries.''

Ramos believed Berbatov would have a negative effect on his dressing room while wanting a transfer, meaning this week is the first week the head coach has had working with his completed squad, with Wisla Krakow their UEFA Cup opponents on Thursday.

Spurs are looking to bounce back after the defeat to Villa brought about their worst start to a season for 34 years, with players already back training today and also taking part in a photoshoot for the new campaign.

It is understood that those without squad numbers such as Adel Taarabt, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ricardo Rocha and Hossam Ghaly did not take part.

Taarabt has been linked with a January move to Malaga, while Birmingham are interested in taking Boateng on loan.

"I can confirm our interest in Kevin, I think it's well known now,'' Birmingham boss Alex McLeish told the Birmingham Mail. "Karren (Brady, the managing director) has been talking to Spurs for days and there's something there to be done.

"Kevin's been back in Germany and I've not really had the chance to speak to him properly yet, which is something I need to do.

"When I bring in a player to this club, I need to know that he wants to play for Birmingham, that he wants to fight for the cause and is not a reluctant conscript.''

Full-back Gareth Bale has called for those in Ramos' plans to pull together and turn their season around.

"We just have to stick together and pull through this as a team now,'' Bale said.

"We'll never give up because the team spirit will always be there. But we have to work together and battle hard to get a win under our belts.''

Darren Bent, who scored Tottenham's goal in the 2-1 defeat to Villa, added on tottenhamhotspur.com: "We need to pull ourselves up from this and just keep going.''

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