Redknapp seeks Euro return

26 April 2009 10:14
Harry Redknapp is keen to embark on another European adventure with Tottenham next season.[LNB] The experienced coach came in for criticism earlier this year when he fielded a weakened side during a Uefa Cup clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, and paid the price as Spurs were sent packing.[LNB]Redknapp insists his thinking behind that decision was in the best interest of the club, with a Carling Cup final and Premier League relegation battle occupying his mind at the time.[LNB]He is adamant that he was not attempting to undermine the competition, claiming he would welcome the opportunity to take part in the inaugural Europa League during the 2009/10 campaign.[LNB]"I would love to say I went to Tottenham when they were bottom of the league with two points and ended up qualifying for Europe," he said.[LNB]"It is not so much that I am desperate to get into Europe. I am desperate to get a European place for the pride and satisfaction of my owner.[LNB]"A lot has been said about what we did in Europe this year but if you look back, you will see I had a go for it when I first arrived.[LNB]"It was only later on that it became an impossibility because we were in the Carling Cup final and a relegation battle as well."[LNB]ImprovedA seventh-placed finish is not out of the question for Spurs this season which, if secured, would represent a remarkable achievement for a side that endured a torrid start to the season.[LNB]Redknapp certainly believes anything is possible, even going as far as to suggest that Tottenham could be challenging for a UEFA Champions League spot next term.[LNB]"We have played some fantastic football lately and we are a very improved team," said Redknapp.[LNB]"There are lots of things to look forward to at Tottenham next year.[LNB]"If we can get off to a decent start there is no reason why we can't get into that top group and maybe even push the top four.[LNB]"One or two additions in the summer will make a big difference to us."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports