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Harry Redknapp: competition for places at Tottenham 'fierce'
Published : 24 Feb 2010 10:38:41
Redknapp is missing Aaron Lennon, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. But he will field a strong side as Tottenham Hotspur bid for a quarter-final trip to Fulham. When Redknapp led Portsmouth to FA Cup success in 2008, Premier League form dipped dramatically. He said: "I think it was maybe a little bit different then, we were still playing ok, we got beaten by Fulham the last game before the cup final but I think we've got maybe a bit more strength in depth here and people are fighting for places. "They've got to keep playing well. It's like Luca (Modric) with Niko (Kranjcar), they're pushing each other, competition is fierce here." Roman Pavlyuchenko is pushing for a start against Bolton after two goals at Wigan, and Redknapp added: "Suddenly 'SuperPavs' come back and he's pushing Crouchie and Defoe, and Eidur's here. "There's competition here for places, which is good." Given a choice, Redknapp would prefer to qualify for the Champions League. He added: "I want to win the FA Cup but qualifying for the Champions League would be a terrific achievement given where we have come from."