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Tottenham Manager Wants To Steer Clear of Premier League Teams In Champions League

White Hart Lane boss would prefer a trip to the Nou Camp then Old Trafford.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp does not want to face another English club in the Champions League quarter-finals.

A gritty defensive display from Spurs saw them progress 1-0 on aggregate over Serie A giants AC Milan.

Redknapp has now set his sights on the last eight after the club has enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign in Europe’s premier competition.

The draw takes place on March 18 and the North Londoners could face either Chelsea or Manchester United in the next round.

But the Spurs boss admits he would rather face foreign opposition but does not fancy playing Barcelona, who knocked out Arsenal last Tuesday.

“It would be great (to play an English team),” he said to Sky Sports. “It would be exciting. I would rather not, but you can’t pick who you draw.

“When the draw was made for the group stages we were in a group with Inter Milan, the holders, Werder Bremen and FC Twente, the Dutch champions.

“For me, that was probably the toughest group of the lot. It was the group of death, almost, but we won that group.

“You can’t choose who you play. Whoever you get you have to get on with it. It will be a fantastic game whoever we draw, if it’s Barcelona or anybody.”

“I thought they (Barcelona) were amazing the other night. Credit where credit is due.

“OK, Arsenal had a man sent off and who knows what would have happened if [Robin] Van Persie hadn’t gone.

“But you have to look at the whole game and for them to outclass a team like Arsenal, who play fantastic football and pass the ball as well as any team in the Premier League, it was an amazing performance.

“They are a team as good as any team I have seen during my time in football.

“They are the team to beat this year for any team looking to win the Champions League. But who knows, we are in the last eight and we will look forward to the last eight.”

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