Harry focused on Tigers trip

22 February 2009 05:04
Harry Redknapp has told his Tottenham players to stay focused on Monday's Premier League clash with Hull City.

Spurs will face Manchester United in the Carling Cup final at Wembley next Sunday but they must first negotiate a busy week which includes two games.

Redknapp is not relishing the Uefa Cup game against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday but he admits the trip to the KC Stadium is crucial.

Tottenham are just two points above the relegation zone and he does not want his men to look ahead to the Wembley visit just yet.

"With our position in the league we have to make sure that we get our priorities right," said Redknapp.

Regarding the game against Shakhtar, he added: "We should be preparing for three or four days and do something different to get the players ready. We're playing Thursday night.

"It's Manchester United anyway, so it's not an ideal week. We got back from Shakhtar 5am on Friday morning, Hull Monday night, Shakhtar on Thursday then the final. The Thursday night game is a nuisance.

"It's crazy the way they have piled the fixtures."

ChallengeRedknapp will have a full-strength squad at his disposal for the encounter at Hull but Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka will then be cup-tied for the European clash.

Keane, Wilson Palacios, Carlo Cudicini, Pascal Chimbonda and Fraizer Campbell are ineligible for the match with United so Redknapp plans to field several youngsters against Shakhtar Donetsk.

"The biggest challenge we face now is striking a balance in the teams we field over the course of the next five games we play in 12 days starting against Hull City," he explained.

"Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell are the only first team strikers eligible for the Uefa Cup but if Darren plays and gets injured then only Roman Pavlyuchenko will be available for Wembley because all our other strikers can't play."

Source: SKY_Sports