Tottenham defender hits back at Ramos' claims ahead of Dnipro clash

Michael Dawson has rubbished the Spanish manager’s comments that Spurs players ate fast food under during his reign.

Tottenham face Dnipro in the Europa League tonight, with former manager Juande Ramos at the helm of the Ukrainian club.

Ahead of the fixture, the Spaniard has been vocal over his time at White Hart Lane, and stated that the squad’s diet was a concern during his tenure.

However, Tottenham skipper Michael Dawson has hit back at the ex-Sevilla boss, stating that accusations of the players eating McDonalds is untrue.

"It was quite funny really to read that," the England international is quoted as saying in The Mirror.

"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."

Spurs have split priorities, as they look to finish in the Premier League’s top four but also have a chance of progressing to the final stages of the European competition.

Tim Sherwood has admitted that his squad will be shaken up for tonight’s clash, as a number of players are set to be rested.

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