Poor old Harry Redknapp. He has a massive squad of players, yet had to field a bunch of youngsters against Shakhtar Donetsk due to fixture congestion of the highest order. It looked like a youthful Spurs team were going to hold on for at least a goalless draw in the Ukraine, before the home side struck with two late goals.
However, despite trailing 2-0 going into the second leg at White Hart Lane, Redders is insisting that he will field an even weaker team for next Thursday’s game, especially with the chance to win the Carling Cup the following Sunday against the pushovers that are Manchester United. The Press Association reports that Spurs fans could be watching a quartet of teenagers take to the field next week.
“I gave one 17-year-old his debut and might have four 17-year-olds next week,” said Redknapp. “When we play the second leg it will only be half as strong as this side.
“If someone can tell me how to find a team the Thursday before a cup final then I’d like to know. It’s a crazy schedule, six games in 17 days and all big games. We have good young players and this is good experience for them.”
I would gladly have money that when it comes to the crunch, Harry’s line-up next week will not be half as strong as the team that lost 2-0 against Shakhtar. While the Tottenham manager likes to dumb down his options, he said something similar after scraping through a Carling Cup tie against Burnley, and it’s clear that he’ll want to stay alive in the UEFA Cup and set up a match against Aston Villa or CSKA Moscow.