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'Premier League is the priority' for Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
Published : 15 Oct 2010 13:17:22
Spurs play at Craven Cottage before flying to Milan for next week's Champions League tie against Inter, one of the biggest games in the club's recent history. But after an indifferent start, they face Fulham - one of only two unbeaten clubs in the League - desperately in need of a win to maintain hopes of a top-four finish. 'We have to concentrate on the trip to Craven Cottage, that is the only thing we're concentrating on, the key game,' said Redknapp at Spurs Lodge, Chigwell. 'The League position is all-important because unless we win the Champions League we are not going to qualify. We have to finish in the top four. 'So the Premier League is the priority. We want a good run in the Champions League and go as far as we can but if you go out and finish halfway up the table it's not good.' Redknapp's biggest decision ahead of tomorrow's short trip is whether to play Ledley King, his captain, or rest the defender for the journey to Milan. 'It's a difficult one; when you have players like Ledley you have to juggle around - you can only get so much out of him and it's either the Champions League or the Premier League. 'It's hard and we've found balancing the Champions League difficult. If we can get anywhere near doing what we did last year well be delighted. That's out goal, to get another top-four finish.' William Gallas is unlikely to be fit to return while Younes Kaboul is another not quite ready for first-team action, and while David Bentley is nearing a return, Jermain Defoe and Jonathan Woodgate are still absent.