Redknapp echoes Bassong sentiments about fourth place

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Harry Redknapp has echoed Sebastian Bassong’s statement, by claiming that a top four finish would mean more to win than a cup victory.

Spurs face Manchester United in the Carling Cup quarter finals tonight and Redknapp is prepared to rotate his squad in order to keep players fresh for the league campaign.

The Spurs boss feels the League Cup won’t be enough to salvage a season anymore for Spurs and that a spot in next season’s Champions League would be just reward for the efforts of his players.

“Wembley is a great day out, but I would love to get into a Champions League position with Tottenham.

“You can win a cup and have a bit of luck on the way, but to get to a Champions League position would be done through a whole season. It would be great for us.

“It is a one-off game at Wembley, a great day out for the fans. If you win it, everybody enjoys it but Tottenham won it two years ago and then went into freefall. So it didn’t do them any good.”

Redknapp believes either Chelsea or Manchester United will win the title, leaving Spurs to battle it out with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Aston Villa for the other two places in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

“The top four clubs have had a monopoly on it. I’m not saying we’re going to do it, but we have got a chance. It’s not impossible. If we sit here and say we’re never going to do it, we never will.

“If the manager doesn’t believe it, the players would think ‘why should we?’ But it is possible. We have a good squad here.”

Redknapp has pointed to the performance over Aston Villa on Saturday as proof that Spurs have the quality to achieve a top four place.

“This time last year, you wouldn’t even have considered us breaking in there, we were at the bottom of the league.

“But you look at the way we played during the second half on Saturday and to dominate a team like Villa as we did second half.

“Normally you see a Man United dominate someone like that, or a Liverpool.

“I think we are getting to the stage where we feel it is possible for us to go away (to top-four clubs), we can play at these places and feel we’ve got a chance of winning.”

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