Harry Redknapp insists the tackling in football today is nothing what it used to be.
The Spurs boss has told Arsene Wenger, who complains about the tough tackling his players get that it’s nothing compared to the English game fifty years ago.
“It’s just as well he wasn’t here in the ’60s, really,” Redknapp said.
“If he’d have seen some of the tackling that went on in those days, we would have something to worry about.
“The tackling now is nothing to what it was; it was a fierce game.
“I don’t have any problems with it (now).
“You always get one or two injuries but, certainly, in the games we’ve played, we’ve had no problems.
“We compete, the other teams compete with us.
“You’ve got to stand up for yourselves.
“We’ve all had teams that can dish it out a bit. We’ve all had players, certain players.
“Arsenal, a few years ago: Tony Adams, (Martin) Keown, (Steve) Bould, (Nigel) Winterburn, Lee Dixon, (Patrick) Vieira, (Emmanuel) Petit. That was a very strong, aggressive team – a fantastic team.
“They were great competitors; they had their share of cards, the same as everybody.”
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