Tottenham are so bad it's 'scary' says relieved Harry Redknapp

22 January 2009 08:09
Leading 4-1 on aggregate before the Turf Moor tie, Redknapp had said that 'something would be seriously wrong' if Spurs failed to progress. And that is almost what happened with Burnley 3-0 up after 90 minutes and the Carling Cup tie locked at 4-4 on aggregate. [LNB]Late goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe saved Spurs from further embarrassment, but Redknapp knows there is no disguising how poor his side are. [LNB]'This is a football club that has been put together by I don't know who, and I don't know how. It's a mishmash of players with people playing where they want to play. It's scary. It was almost the most embarrassing night of my career." [LNB]Until Pavlyuchenko's goal in the 118th minute, Burnley were going through on away goals, and Redknapp added: 'There is a big sense of relief because it looked game over with a few minutes to go. [LNB] "Burnley played ever so well, they passed the ball well and played with so much enthusiasm, but they didn't have that many chances. It's a hard job I have on here, believe you me.' [LNB]Redknapp again criticised his side's fragility, saying: 'We need stronger players in here because we're not mentally or physically strong enough." [LNB]Redknapp made six changes from the side which stumbled to a 1-1 home draw against Portsmouth on Sunday, yet none of his players made a favourable impression. Jamie O'Hara, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson all look set to miss Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Saturday. [LNB]Redknapp said: "Some key players have got injured tonight and I will go there on Saturday with the weakest team I can possibly find on Saturday. Woodgate and Dawson can't play and O'Hara has done his groin. [LNB] "It's a challenge and it can't get any worse. When I took over we had two points from eight games but Stoke is a massive game for us." [LNB]Spurs will now face Manchester United in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on March 1. [LNB]

Source: Telegraph