Poor Spurs, Poor Harry Redknapp. Their reward for reaching the Carling Cup final and the last thirty-two of the UEFA Cup is a spot of fixture congestion and, while most English football clubs would appreciate the revenue generated from featuring in these competitions, the Tottenham manager is clearly not a happy bunny.
The Sun reports that Redknapp is having a good moan about the sheer volume of matches his team have to play at the moment, with a second-string Tottenham team likely to be lining up against Shakhtar Donestsk on Thursday night.
“We’ve six games in such a short space of time. It makes it very difficult. It’s crazy.
“When you have a cup final at Wembley, we should be preparing for three or four days. But we’re playing next Thursday night. It’s a nuisance.
“We are here in the Ukraine now, we get back at 5am on Friday morning, then it’s Hull on Monday night, Shakhtar on Thursday, then the final.
“Next it’s Wednesday against Middlesbrough and the Saturday against Sunderland.
“It’s daft the way they have piled up the fixtures. “
Surely Tottenham have a big enough squad to cope with the current demands of the fixture list, especially with Keane and Pavlyuchenko ineligible for the UEFA Cup this season. In addition, the likes of Modric, Palacios, Lennon and Cudicini have been left behind for this game in the Ukraine, just what is the Spurs manager moaning about?