Redknapp admits he had feared for his side after a turbulent pre-season, in which they fought to keep Luka Modric out of the clutches of Chelsea.
“I felt there was a bad feeling around the club,” added Redknapp.
“You know when things are not going right: Luka wanting to go, three or four other players not happy, not pulling their weight in training, disrupting a little bit.
“We looked very, very lightweight. It was a team that scared me a little bit. I just knew we needed to get Scott Parker into the team, get Luka’s mind right, and then we would be a different team.”
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