Harry Redknapp wants date for Manchester City's clash with Stoke changed

19 April 2011 07:14
Harry Redknapp has confirmed Tottenham want the Premier League to bring forward the date of Manchester City's rearranged Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke.

A quirk of the fixture list means Stoke and City were scheduled to meet in the league at Eastlands on Saturday, May 14, when they will now play the final.

Their league game has been pushed back to the following Tuesday but,if Stoke lose the FA Cup final, they can qualify for Europe only if City finish in the top four.

Change the date: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp wants the Premier League to rethink the timing of Manchester City's rearranged fixture against Stoke

In that scenario, City would qualify for a Champions League place - which Tottenham are also chasing -and Stoke would go into the Europa League.

If City win the Cup and finish fifth, they would play in next season's Europa League and another Europa League place would go to the team finishing sixth, meaning Stoke could benefit from losing their clash at City.

Spurs are concerned this could impacton their own bid to qualify for next season's Champions League and Redknapp said: 'I think they should look at it.

'The chairman spoke to me last night about it. We feel it should be changed - but it's a bit out of my hands.'

Redknapp has more pressing concerns ahead - Wednesday's north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

Tough at the top: Tottenham and Manchester City are once again battling to finish in the top-four this season

Tottenham did not have a fixture at the weekend, while Arsenal were involved in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.

However, Redknapp refuted claims his team would have an advantage because of the lack of recent action.

'We've played more games than they have lately - we've been playing in the Champions League,' he said.

On Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium, he added: 'Arsenal pulled it out of the fire with a minute to go, then Liverpool showed fantastic spirit to get the equaliser.'

 Spurs protest as Man City and Stoke agree Premier League fixture switchBale demands Champions League return after winning player of the year Szczesny insists Arsenal must beat rivals Spurs or kiss goodbye to title dream All the latest Tottenham news, features and opinionAll the latest Manchester City news, features and opinionAll the latest Stoke news, features and opinion

 Explore more:People: Harry Redknapp Places: Liverpool, London, Europe

Source: Daily_Mail