Harry Redknapp has denied suggestions that his squad selections are devaluing the importance of the UEFA Cup. The Tottenham boss has confirmed that he will make a number of changes for his teams second leg meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.
This has led to criticism from some who say that such drastic changes to the team mean that he is disrespecting the competition as a whole. However, Redknapp believes that with the Carling Cup final on Sunday, he has no choice but to name an under strength team.
The Spurs boss claims that you have to ‘prioritise’ in situations like this and that the club’s main aim for the rest of this season is to remain in the Premier League. Then, the next priority is the game against Manchester United on Sunday.
Redknapp says that going back to Wembley is a ‘big day for the club’ and that it is all about ‘winning a trophy’, something they are more likely to do in the Carling Cup than the UEFA Cup according to the majority of football odds. They have made the final, after all.
As for the criticism he has received for his team selection, well Redknapp pointed to the fact that Martin O’Neill has ‘left nine out of his team’ that is travelling to Moscow. Redknapp says that this shows how the Aston Villa boss has got his ‘priorities right’.
So, what do we think Spurs fans? Which means more to you – the UEFA Cup of Carling Cup? Is Harry right to rest some of his players for tonight’s game?
Let me know what you think.
By Thomas Rooney – A sports writer who blogs about football betting