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Harry hits back at cup claim

26 Feb 2009 - 08:20:09

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has rejected claims that his squad selections are devaluing the UEFA Cup.

Redknapp has already confirmed that he will make a raft of changes for Thursday's last 32 second leg meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Spurs boss has half an eye on his starting line-up for Sunday's Carling Cup Final against Manchester United despite his side trailing 2-0 from last week's first leg.

But despite suggestions that he is disrespecting the UEFA Cup, Redknapp claims he has little choice but to name a weakened side.

"I hear criticism after not putting my best team out against Shakhtar but Martin O'Neill has left nine out of his Aston Villa team to go to Moscow," he said.

"He has his priorities right because he wants to finish high in the Premier League.

"We want to stay in the Premier League so you have to prioritise.

"Going back to Wembley is a big day for the club. You're playing against the best team in Europe.

"It's just about winning a trophy. If there was no Europe I wouldn't be bothered, that is what I said last season with Portsmouth."


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