Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Redknapp expects cool Ade

Emmanuel Adebayor

Harry Redknapp is confident that Emmanuel Adebayor will be able to keep his cool during his first outing at the Emirates Stadium as a Tottenham player.

Spurs won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October, but the game was marred by a series of unsavoury chants from both sets of fans. A section of the away support sparked outrage by directing chants about the gun attack on Togo players in Angola towards Adebayor, while some Spurs fans directed personal abuse at Arsene Wenger.

"I'm sure he will enjoy going back there," the Tottenham manager said. "He played well against them at home this year so I don't think it will be a problem."

He added: "I suppose he will get some stick, that goes with the territory when you go back to your old clubs, but I'm sure he can handle it.

"Hopefully he will keep his cool and that's what he needs to do."

Redknapp admitted after October's derby win that he was "disgusted" by the chants about Adebayor.

The Spurs boss, whose team will go 13 points clear of the Gunners if they win, echoed the two clubs' call for Sunday's match to be remembered for the right reasons.

"I don't know why people have to shout abuse and filth at people," Redknapp said.

"I don't understand it. We didn't do it when I was a kid going to watch football. I hope they can go and enjoy the game on Sunday, get behind their team and get on with the game. Don't go there to abuse other people. That doesn't make sense."

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