Redknapp relishing spoiler role


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Harry Redknapp is enjoying Tottenham’s role as spoilers at the business end of the season, as Spurs have a big say in the title race, as well as their own hopes of Champions League qualification.

Spurs effectively ended Arsenal’s hopes of the title and follow that up with games against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Redknapp said, “We’ve got a great chance of finishing fourth. We’ve beaten Arsenal and we can have a big say with Chelsea, for sure. If we can knock them over and if Manchester United have won, it opens the whole thing up again.

“If Manchester United win, they’re back in the race, and then we’ve got them next week.

“But they still need to beat Manchester City, and it’s vital for us that they do.”

Redknapp has some big injury problems, with his midfield the most hard-hit.

Niko Kranjcar has joined Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon as long-term injuries, with Vedran Corluka also injured and Wilson Palacios serving the second game of his suspension.

One player who has stepped up to the plate is Gareth Bale, who covered over 1,000 metres against Portsmouth at Wembley last weekend.

“I think he broke the world record for the ground covered at Wembley.

“On Pro-zone it was amazing, the amount of ground he covered. Avram had the stats and he couldn’t believe the distance he covered.”

Kranjcar has been ruled out for the season, but Redknapp praised him and Corluka for continuing against Portsmouth despite the pain.

“He’s seeing a specialist on Monday. He’s torn ligaments and it’s a bit of a mess really, but how he played I don’t know.

“He was in absolute agony at the end. He played on and he stuck at it. And Charlie (Corluka) was the same. He ahd an injection in his ankle, he was in so much pain, but we had no-one else.”

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